Peerless teacher set to visit the Commons
The Misbourne headteacher Robert Preston was one of 55 nominations, selected from thousands, to receive a Silver Teaching Award from Pearson UK (a publishing and education company) in the category The Award for Lifetime Achievement.
The Misbourne students, staff, governors and representatives from the community celebrated the achievement in school on Friday June 17, when senior vice-president of schools from Pearson UK Jill Duffy presented Mr Preston with his prestigious award.
It was particularly appropriate for the presentation to be held on Friday, which was Thank a Teacher Day.
Mr Preston has been invited to a Winners Tea Party at The House of Commons on June 30 and on October 23 he will join fellow Silver Award winners at the UK final of the Teaching Awards.
The final, titled Britain’s Classroom Heroes, will be held at London’s Guildhall and will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC as a showcase of excellence in education.
After Friday’s surprise event, Mr Preston said: “It was a complete surprise to me and I felt quite overwhelmed.
“I do not think that it has quite sunk in yet but I feel both honoured and humbled to have received this award. It is a fitting tribute, not to me, but to all my staff and students who work so hard to make The Misbourne School such a successful school.”
Comments in Mr Preston’s nomination included: “The school community is thriving as a result of Robert’s work and it is obvious that love and affection are in abundance on all sides.”
And: “The students are at the forefront of his mind in every decision he makes and every new strategy he introduces.”
As well as: “Robert has dedicated his career to improving the life chances of every young person in his care valuing them as individuals and placing them at the heart of every decision that he makes.”
President of Pearson UK Rod Bristow said: “It’s an honour for us to support the Teaching Awards each year. Research shows that great teaching has the biggest impact on a child’s education so it’s vital for us to recognise and celebrate inspirational teachers, for their commitment to teaching and learning and improving the life chances of the next generation.
“Those receiving a silver trophy should feel extremely proud of their achievement.”
Jill Duffy presenting Robert Preston with his Award