THE boss of a South Derbyshire school has been praised for her work in turning around its fortunes by being named head teacher of the year.
Viv Sharples spoke of her ‘pride’ at being handed the gong as part of the Pearson National Teaching Awards for her work at Pingle School, in Coronation Street, Swadlincote.
She told the Mail the honour was not a personal one, but one to show how much work has gone into trying to improve fortunes at the school since it was placed in special measures by education watchdog Ofsted.
She said: “The award came as a complete surprise.
“I have always said that teaching is best job in the world and I will never get tired of being a part of helping youngsters learn and develop.
“But this award is not about me – it is about all of the pupils, parents and staff who are helping to turn this school around and make it the best that it can be.”
Jessica Goodchild, deputy head girl, said: “Mrs Sharples has done lots of good things for our school and our students.”
The nomination for the award, which is done on an anonymous basis, said: “Vivien Sharples is an inspirational head teacher and leader who values the contributions made by all colleagues to the success brought about by genuine joint endeavour.
“She has a very clear vision of the future for our students – happy, safe, developing skills, knowledge and living together in a school community in which all are supported and valued equally and without favour.
“Vivien Sharples puts her faith in the students, their parents/carers, their teachers and all those who support them pastorally or academically. Expections of all, adults and children, must be high and only the best endeavours will do.
“She believes that we are responsible for the life chances of the students in our school.”