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Headteacher could be named the best in the UK

A headteacher who was crowned the best in Wales earlier this year will find out on Sunday if he is top of the class for the whole of the UK.

Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson, who has led St Helen's Primary School in Swansea for the last six years, will attend the grand finale of the Pearson Teaching Awards in London hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty with Countryfile's Sean Fletcher.

Mr Thompson was named the best headteacher in Wales at the Professional Teaching Awards Cymru and picked up a Silver Teaching Award for his exceptional contribution to the teaching profession.

He was nominated for the accolade by pupils, parents and colleagues at St Helen's Primary and it will discover on Sunday if he has won gold.

Mr Thompson has worked tirelessly to put the school at the heart of the community.

His leadership style is highly inclusive and he has led the school to significant success, with a recent excellent Estyn inspection, award winning attendance, exceptional pupil progress and leaders empowered at all levels.

He has also introduced popular after school community events which are always highly attended and leads a happy nurturing team who all live by the St Helen's family motto: 'All Different, All Equal.'

As well as leading the team at St Helen's, Mr Thompson supports other schools in Swansea.

He said: "I'm really looking forward to Sunday and it will be a privilege to join exceptional colleagues doing amazing work in schools around the country.

"This is recognition for the hard work of all staff at St Helen's as well as the pupils, their parents and the wider community."

Highlights from the awards ceremony at The East Wintergarden will be broadcast on BBC TWO at 6pm on October 29 , as "Britain's Classroom Heroes".

Cllr Jennifer Raynor, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning, said: "Mark is an exceptional headteacher and I know everyone who works with him will be wishing him well on Sunday.

"We are very lucky in Swansea to have very talented, dedicated and innovative professionals in our schools and Mark is a great example of this."

The Pearson Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers and teaching. Founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam, they recognise the life-changing impact of an inspirational teacher on the lives of the young people they teach.

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. 

"Through the Teaching Awards, we hope to enhance the reputation and value of the teachers in our lives, their importance in our society, and thus help to encourage the most talented and committed young people to become teachers."


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