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Teachers and school staff celebrated at 2019 Essex Teaching Awards

6 February 2019

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Outstanding teachers, school support staff and early years settings have been recognised at the 2019 Essex Teaching Awards.

The annual awards, which are in their sixth year, took place at Hylands House in Chelmsford last night (Tuesday 5 February).

The Essex County Council event celebrates excellence in education and highlights the amazing work of teachers and staff in the county’s schools and early years settings.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said:

“I’m delighted to have had another opportunity to celebrate the fantastic contribution our education colleagues make to the lives of children and young people across the county.

“The high number of nominations we received this year speaks volumes and each one is testament to the talent and skills we have in Essex. I’m pleased we’ve also had the opportunity to recognise our early years colleagues for the first time.

“Congratulations to everyone who won and those who were highly commended this year.”

This year’s award winners from The Sigma Trust were:

Secondary School Headteacher of the Year Award
Highly Commended: Neil Gallagher – Clacton County High School, Clacton-on-Sea

Lifetime Achievement Award
Highly Commended:  Ann Bryant – Thomas Lord Audley School, Colchester

New Teacher of the Year Award

Winner: Dr Dan Brown – The Stanway School, Colchester

Secondary School Teacher of the Year Award
Winner: Rebecca Reilly – The Stanway School, Colchester

Local Governing Body
Highly Commended: The Stanway School & Thomas Lord Audley School, Colchester (both schools are in a joint local governing body as they are part of a multi-academy trust)

Student Choice Award
Highly Commended: Kerry Rowland – Thomas Lord Audley School, Colchester
Highly Commended: Andrew Chitsakamile – Clacton County High School, Clacton-on-Sea