Wilberforce Primary Head Teacher wins top award
Wilberforce Primary is celebrating after its Head Teacher, Claire Macfie, was named ‘School Leader of the Year’ at United Learning’s national ‘Best in Everyone’ Primary School Awards.
Claire was nominated for this award by all her colleagues at Wilberforce Primary for leading the school out of Special Measures and transforming it into one which has been judged by Ofsted as ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features. Her nomination was then considered by a panel of judges who were impressed by the significant impact Claire has had on Wilberforce Primary. In winning this award, Claire saw off strong competition from a field of exceptional school leaders from across United Learning’s primary schools. She was presented with her award at a special ceremony at the House of Lords on Friday 15 June.
Since becoming Head Teacher in 2017, Claire has driven the school forward and has raised the standard of education given to pupils in all years. In nominating her, the school’s staff said:
“You would never know that this was Claire’s first Headship. She has managed to make staff feel part of a team and, through her positive example, we are supportive of one another and happy at work. She has ensured that, whilst striving for academic success, our children have an incredibly wide range of opportunities – both inside and outside school – to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding and make the most of every experience.
“Whilst most schools in Special Measures would focus purely on raising results, Claire made it very clear that she wanted children to arrive at school with a sense of awe and wonder and leave school as well-rounded individuals. It is clear to everyone when you enter the school that it buzzes with a warm atmosphere and within this all children are encouraged to achieve the best that they can. This could not have been achieved without having a leader like Claire.”
Claire Macfie, who is currently enjoying her 20th year in teaching, said:
“I am incredibly humbled to receive this award. Driving Wilberforce Primary forward has been a real team effort; every single member of staff has played a crucial role in raising standards and it has been a pleasure to be a part of the Wilberforce community.
“As a school, we have come a long way in the last two years but we know there is much more we can achieve. With the support of our fantastic parents and local community, we are all focused on raising standards further and giving our wonderful pupils the excellent education they all deserve.”