A Stradbroke VC Primary School teacher has been nominated for an ‘Excellence in Teaching’ award despite being in just her second year in the profession.
Hannah Legood, of Tasburgh, is one of three names nominated for the category under the Raising the Bar Awards, organised by Suffolk County Council.
Miss Legood, who teaches Years 4 and 5, was set to learn if she had scooped the prize at a ceremony at Ashlar House in Bury St Edmunds on Thursday night.
“I did not know I had been nominated so I was surprised but it was lovely to be recognised,” she said.
“I knew when I looked around on interview I really wanted to work here and I was really lucky and got the job.
“Everyone works really well together and are really supportive, and the children are lovely, which helps as well.
“Since I have been here I have been given really good support and a lot of responsibility to do things .
“I have particularly taken on performing arts and I am trying to develop that.”
Melanie Barrow, executive headteacher of the school, added: “She is a phenomenal teacher, she is just exceptional. She is exceptionally good at teaching the performing arts and she has done so many fantastic productions.
“We saw potential in her in her first year. It was not like having an NQT (newly qualified teacher).
“She has a great relationship with the children and knows how to get the best from them.”
Giving the reasons behind her shortlisting, the Raising the Bar website read: “In her first year of teaching, Hannah was recognised by Ofsted to be an outstanding teacher and in her second year has co-ordinated Performing Arts across the school.
“The judging panel recognised how difficult the first year of teaching is, and wanted to celebrate the success of this young teacher.
“She strives to give pupils extra-curricular opportunities and has used her dance background to run dance clubs, which contributed significantly to the school’s achievement of Gold Artsmark status.”
There were 20 categories in all at the awards, including Educational Leader of the Year, Innovation of the Year, and Support Staff of the Year.
The awards form part of the council’s Raising the Bar initiative, aiming to improve educational attainment across the country.