Benjamin Adlard scoops gold in teaching award

Benjamin Adlard Primary School is celebrating after being named School of the Year – Making a Difference in recognition of its inspirational work in transforming the lives of children at the 20th annual Pearson Teaching Awards.

The Gainsborough-based CST primary school was one of 13 Gold winners honoured during a glittering awards ceremony held in London yesterday evening hosted by BBC presenters Anita Rani and Sean Fletcher, alongside a host of other celebrities, including Ed Balls, Liz Bonnin and Deborah Meaden.

Offering hope in the community

Benjamin Adlard's gold award recognises the school's transformative work in the community. In an area of disadvantage the school does all it can to amplify the voices of the children and the community it serves, providing an exceptional education in very challenging circumstances. For example it offers a free breakfast every morning, employs a full-time family support worker and has special mobility mentors to help new pupils integrate, whilst within the wider community it supports local nursing homes, and has bold, inspirational plans to create a local hub with the police force to help with debt counselling, housing support, employment support and more.

It has been a remarkable journey, proving that better is always possible. Moving from Special Measures to Good for the first time was just the beginning for Benjamin Adlard, the school now brings hope to a community where hope was once hard to find.

Marie-Claire Bretherton, CST Primary Education Director for the East Midlands, said: “The real joy of wining this fantastic award will be seen in the faces of the children back at school after half-term, when they realise that their school is being celebrated right across the country for 'making a difference'. The impact of this award on them, on their aspirations and their hopes for the future is priceless.

“A huge thank you to the whole staff team, who work tirelessly to create a haven for this community, where children and families flourish.”

CST Chief Executive Andy Yarrow said: I am delighted that the staff and pupils of Benjamin Adlard Primary School have won such a prestigious award. It is thoroughly well-deserved and an inspiration to our CST family of schools. Huge congratulations and thank you to all involved.”