Education awards

Celebrating excellence in education

Thurrock's education awards recognise and celebrate excellence in the borough's schools.

There are categories for teachers, head teachers, school teams, support staff and governing bodies that have gone the extra mile in sharing their effort, enthusiasm and talent.

The 2016 winners were presented with their awards on Friday 18 November 2016 at the Backstage Centre, High House Production Park in Purfleet.

Congratulations to all the winners:

  • Outstanding early years practitioner – Lauren Arnell, Harris Primary Academy Chafford Hundred
  • Outstanding new teacher – Gemma Bosworth, Quarry Hill Academy
  • Aspiring leader – Sian Rawson, William Edwards School
  • Creative teaching and learning – Neil Moore, William Edwards School
  • Education support – Malcolm Wilson, Thameside Primary
  • Excellence in English and/or maths – Laura Saunders, Somers Heath Primary
  • Excellence in science and technologies – James Pickering, William Edwards School
  • Inspiring career opportunity – Frank Thompson, Thurrock Careers Service
  • Governing board – Corringham Primary
  • Teacher of the year in primary education – Paco Garcia, Belmont Castle Academy
  • Teacher of the year in secondary education or post-16 provision – Matt Clark, The Gateway Academy
  • Teacher of the year in a special school or alternative provision – Lucy Meek, Treetops School
  • Head teacher of the year in primary education – Tony Parfett, Quarry Hill Academy
  • Head teacher of the year in secondary education, special education, alternative or post-16 provision – Penny Johnson, Grays Convent High School
  • Outstanding contribution to education in Thurrock – Ray Osborne

Award sponsors

Sponsors of the 2016 education award categories are:

Sponsor Award
Cruise & Maritime Voyages Prize draw for all shortlisted nominees
ALM Training Services Aspiring leader
ALM Training Services Teacher of the year in secondary education or post-16 provision
High House Production Park Creative teaching and learning
HW Wilson limited Head teacher of the year in primary education
Kingston Smith LLP Governing body
Palmers Solicitors Inspiring career opportunity
Port of Tilbury Head teacher of the year in secondary education, special education, alternative or post-16 provision
Port of Tilbury Outstanding contribution to education in Thurrock
Thames Oilport Excellence in science and technology

Awards night highlights

See photos from the awards night in our Flickr album: Thurrock Education Awards 2016.