Pearson National Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Victoria Withall

The Elizabethan Academy

The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School

Retford, Nottinghamshire

Students love being in Victoria’s classroom because to paraphrase Carol Ann Duffy, it “glows like a sweet shop” and is truly inspirational. She is creative and inventive – every lesson, she will make an extra effort to add a touch of magic. Victoria is a wonderfully caring and compassionate form tutor, who takes an individual interest in all her tutees from a learning and social development perspective.

In its first year, she has guided the Academy’s Debating Team to the finals of the National Debating Competition at Harrow. Victoria has very positive relationships with her students and always, regardless of ability, aims to push them forward to get them involved in activities related to furthering their own education. She is humble, unassuming and a much valued and respected colleague.