A North East headteacher who has been described as the ‘beating heart’ of her school community has won an award after it was announced live on the BBC.

Maria Carlton, executive headteacher at Bewley and Kirklevington Primary Schools, has been announced as the gold winner of the award for ‘Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School’ in the 2023 Pearson National Teaching Awards.

Maria has been recognised for her unwavering commitment to her students and the wider school community in Stockton on Tees.

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