A HEADTEACHER who has worked to improve a small village school in just two years has been nominated for one of teaching’s highest accolades.
Amanda Clayton, head at Singleton CE Primary School, has been nominated in the Headteacher of the Year Awards, after a glowing recommendation from the school’s governors.
Mrs Clayton has been chosen as a finalist in the regional heats of the Pearson Education Awards out of 24,000 nominations nationally, across a range of categories.
But she is adamant it is not just herself who should be singled out for praise should she come out victorious in the final in May.
She said: “Now we’re up there with the top of the top it makes all our hardwork worthwhile.
“Although it’s a great honour I don’t think one person makes a school successful – our school’s got a great team, I’ve got talented staff who go above and beyond.”
Mrs Clayton took up her post at the school in September 2010.
Then the school had been labelled ‘satisfactory with limited capacity to improve’ by Ofsted inspectors.
After months of hard work, including improving pastoral care in the 99-pupil school, the school was rated Good by Ofsted in January this year.
Inspectors noted: “The astute leadership of the headteacher has been central to the school’s good improvement since the previous inspection.”
The school has also thrived under the watch of the governing body.
Chairman Alec Davies said: “Where Mrs Clayton has taken the school from, the achievement of the school in that time is phenomenal.
“She will say it’s all about having a team and that’s all good and true but all good teams need someone to inspire them and lead them.”
And of course the key ingredient in any school is its pupils.
Inspectors also noted “children reach increasingly above average standards in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6.”
Mrs Clayton said: “We’ve got amazing children.
“Our children had that potential and we’ve helped them to realise it.”
The school will celebrate Mrs Clayton’s nomination – and hopefully an overall win – on May 17 for National Thank a Teacher Day.