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Bexleyheath school head teacher wins award

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 May 2018

Claire Whittington with other teachers from across Kent at the awards: Jack Du Pille-Kidzania (left) and Nick Butterworth (right). Picture: Martin Apps

Claire Whittington with other teachers from across Kent at the awards: Jack Du Pille-Kidzania (left) and Nick Butterworth (right). Picture: Martin Apps

Simon Dolby

After achieving the mayor’s prestigious Schools for Success Award last year, Normandy Primary School has done it again.

Headteacher Claire Whittington was awarded Headteacher of the Year for the Bexley district for her outstanding work at the school, which is based in Fairford Avenue, Bexleyheath.

She attended the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards 2018, which was organised by the KM Charity Team on Friday, May 18.

Mrs Whittington took on her role at the school in September 2015 and since then, the school has gone from strength to strength.

She said: “The school as a team have made so many changes over the past couple of years.

“We have really put a focus on believing in all the children and we have a set of new school values and lots of new resources - it’s all about expectations and the staff have all been focusing on what the children can achieve.”

The event, organised annually, celebrates excellence and achievement in teaching, with a record-breaking 1,200 nominations received by parents, pupils, and school staff this year.

When asked about her favourite part of the job, Mrs Whittington, who lives in Bexleyheath and has been teaching since 1993, said: “Being part of such an incredible team and seeing the children flourish every day.

“I’m passionate about making a difference to the children.

“I always tell the parents that we want to give the children the best outlook on life because at the end of the day they will be the future leaders when I’m old and grey!”

In the latest Ofsted inspection which took place last November, the school was rated as Good with Outstanding leadership.

Mrs Whittington added: “I see this award as being representative of every staff member at the school, not just myself.”

Andrew Hogarth, executive head teacher for Pelham Academy Trust, of which Normandy is part of, said: “Claire works extremely hard to improve the outcomes for all children at Normandy.

“Her passion and commitment is infectious and she is highly thought of within the trust.”

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