Teacher From London Catholic School Wins Award
A teacher from a London Catholic school has won an acclaimed prize at a prestigious Mayfair awards ceremony.
Inclusion Manager Ann Armstrong of All Saints RC school, Dagenham, was named Wellbeing Champion of the Year for the boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, and Greenwich, at The London Teacher of the Year Awards 2019. She was also named overall winner for London.
Ann’s role involves working alongside youngsters with behaviour difficulties and ensuring their safety, a role which gives her great satisfaction.
“It’s not easy”, the 62-year-old said. “But when you see a family or child come through the other side relatively unscathed and coming out of trouble, it feels amazing,” she said.
The mission of All Saints school is described by headteacher Clare Cantle as striving “to recognise all individuals in our community as part of the body of Christ and to value them accordingly.” Ms. Cantle commended Ann for her contribution to this.
“We and so many of our pupils thank Ann for all she does,” she said.
“She is a bastion of resilience and integrity for all in our school as she does her best each day to improve the outcomes and right the wrongs for those in our care.”
Ann was delighted to be acknowledged in the company of her educational peers. “It’s amazing, I’m very proud. What made it really special is we had people from the whole profession there on the night.”
She was commended for her selfless and humble approach in the programme notes. “Ann Armstrong is someone who relentlessly and selflessly gives her heart and soul to helping the most vulnerable, needy and at-risk pupils.
“From buying children school uniforms and food from her own purse, to travelling miles to support pupils playing in sports teams or taking part in open days, Ann does it all very quietly.”
The awards ceremony, which took place at the Royal Aeronautical Society in Mayfair, was organised by educational charity Inspire Schools.
Judges included representatives from the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Imperial College, London.
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