BEWSEY Lodge Primary School's head teacher has been recognised for encouraging children to be the best they can be.

The head teacher of the year award in the Warrington Guardian Schools Awards, sponsored by Priestley College, is given to an individual who creates a happy school where children can flourish both socially and academically.

This is no small task and is much more than just being a good leader as winner, Emma Wright, explained.

The 44-year-old explained: “It’s lovely and I’m made up that people have taken the time to vote.

“My job isn’t possible without a great team so I would feel so much more comfortable if this was a team award because without the people around me, the cleaning staff, the kitchen staff, the office staff, the amazing teachers, my senior leaders, teaching assistants- everyone in the school- I couldn’t do my job.

“I still teach and without everyone being so strong doing their jobs so well, I couldn’t do what I do."

Emma's colleagues described her as truly inspirational who is well respected but constantly pushes herself to bring further improvements to the school.

Ofsted inspectors recently praised our winner as being motivated and aspirational and it is to her credit that she has retained a stable staff for many years.

Passionate about supporting children’s mental health, she has worked tirelessly to improve teaching and resources and has the ability to see good in every child in her care.

Trusted and admired by her dedicated staff, she is described as a true credit to everyone at Bewsey Lodge.

  • Highly Commended in this category was Jamie Vermiglio from Locking Stumps Primary for being an exceptionally strong leader and Dominic Vernon for helping to transform St Vincent’s Catholic Primary and, in the words of parents, 'get its mojo back'.