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Ravens' Principal in running to scoop prestigious award

Ravens Academy Principal Karen Hammond attended a glittering London awards ceremony, where she was in the running to receive a Gold Plato Award

Posted by Julian Owen | October 29, 2017 | Events

Ravens Academy Principal Karen Hammond attended the UK grand finale of the Pearson Teaching Awards after scooping a Silver Teaching Award earlier this year for her exceptional contribution to the teaching profession.

She was nominated for the accolade by Academy Transformation Trust (ATT) – which runs Ravens Academy –for helping to transform the school after it was placed in special measures.

The ceremony is an annual event celebrating the very best of the teaching profession, and was hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty and Countryfile's Sean Fletcher.

Eleven Gold Plato awards were presented across categories such as Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School, Excellence in Special Needs Education and Lifetime Achievement.

In June this year, Karen was recognised for her exceptional contribution to the teaching profession as one of just 56 Silver Teaching Award winners in the UK, winning her award in the Head teacher of the Year in a Primary School category.

“Teachers are the quiet heroes. By telling their stories, by highlighting their skill and dedication, we can do some justice to them and to the whole profession."

Karen said: “I feel honoured to have been nominated for such a prestigious award. For me, it is about doing my job to the best of my ability. I do everything I can for the children and my biggest achievement is giving them life chances.

“I will continue to make sure every child does the best they can, developing my staff and giving back as much as ATT has given to me.”

Karen’s exceptional and natural leadership qualities led to an outstanding transformation at Ravens Academy, where she has been Principal since 2014. When she arrived it was in Ofsted special measures, and low levels of achievement saw the academy constantly fall below standard. Under Karen’s leadership, the academy has transformed and secured significant improvement in Ofsted performance. 

Michael Morpurgo, children’s author and president of the Pearson’s Teaching Awards, said: “Teachers are the quiet heroes. By telling their stories, by highlighting their skill and dedication, we can do some justice to them and to the whole profession."

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