National prizes for school staff

Two members of staff at William Farr school have won national awards EMN-150629-115335001
Two members of staff at William Farr school have won national awards EMN-150629-115335001

A secondary school is celebrating after two members of staff have won national awards for their work.

Clerk to the governors at Welton’s William Farr C of E Comprehensive, Sally Coulter, has won the ‘outstanding clerk’ title at the National Governors’ Association awards.

And if that was not enough, teacher Christopher Mattley has won a silver award in the secondary school category of the 2015 Pearson Teaching Awards.

Mrs Coulter was recognised for making “a real difference to the achievement of and opportunities for children and young people” when she was announced as the joint winner of the ‘outstanding clerk to a governing body’ award at a special ceremony at the House of Commons.

She was presented with her award by the shadow Secretary of State for Education, Tristram Hunt MP.

Sally, from Nettleham, has been clerk to the governing body at William Farr for seven years and governor of a local primary school for a


She said: “I’m surprised but proud to be recognised in this way.

“There are so many dedicated people supporting schools throughout the UK so I’m delighted to have received such praise.”

Mr Mattley was one of just 58 teachers out of 4,000 entries across the whole of the UK that received a silver award from the Teaching Awards


He, along with the others, will now be entered into the final where one ‘gold’ winner will be selected for 13 different categories.

The winners will be announced at a star-studded ceremony in London in


And it will be filmed and broadcast on BBC2.

Mr Mattley said he was “delighted” to be recognised but said his students were the “real stars”.

He said: “I’m obviously delighted to have received such an accolade but I work amongst some amazing teachers so I feel the award is a reflection of the work of the whole


“The real stars are, of course, the students at William Farr who are a real delight to teach and are a constant inspiration to me and my


William Farr headteacher Andy Stones has praised his talented staff.

He said: “We are thrilled to see the dedication, passion and talents of two members of our staff recognised on a national stage.

“Inspiring our students to achieve is a key part of the ethos at the school and these kind of accolades clearly demonstrate excellence is both recognised and rewarded.

“It’s a strong message which, we hope, will encourage our school community to continue to strive for that


The recognition for the school staff comes just days after William Farr was recognised as the best non-selective school in the Lincoln area by


The site compiles information from Ofsted, the Department of Education, the Independent Schools Council and the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

It rated William Farr as five-star – with the best overall results for A levels and the best GCSE and average point score per pupil amongst non-selective schools.