Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Sinead Walsh

Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School

The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School

St Helen's, Cheshire

Sinead Walsh is a natural born teacher. She is a consummate professional who is a catalyst for change and improvement. She has high standards and expects the very best of herself and all the pupils in her care. She is a rare breed of teacher who manages successfully to achieve that blend of firmness and fairness for which the children love and respect her. She knows each and every child in her charge inside out and has a special relationship with each individual and finds the key to learning for all children whatever difficulties they might have. In the children’s own words she is their ‘school mum’. And in the words of her Head, I am very proud and grateful to have her as my Deputy and I know she will be a fantastic headteacher of the future.