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National Teacher of the Year Award finalist!
Mrs Simmons, Head of Drama, reaches the final of the National Teacher of the Year award
Message from Mr Wilcock, Headteacher
I am delighted to inform parents that Mrs Simmons, our Head of Drama, has reached the final of the National Teacher of the Year award. External assessors came into school on Friday 8th May to interview a selection of parents and students (past and present), governors and colleagues in order to judge Mrs Simmons’ achievements against those of other shortlisted candidates across the country.
We have an exceptionally dedicated and talented staff at Bishop Ramsey but even by these standards, Mrs Simmons’ achievements last year were outstanding. She completed an MA with Warwick University on the Teaching of Shakespeare, 77% of her GCSE group achieved A* or A grades, she directed a stirring production of “We Will Rock You” to go with her imaginative Christmas production of “Telling Tales – a celebration of tales from long ago”. She also worked with Mr McIntyre to win the Artsmark Gold Award for the school. On top of this she supported a group of Year 11 students who coached a troup of Year 10 students to stage a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on the London stage, as part of the Schools Shakespeare Festival.
We have possibly become a bit blaśe about the quality of Drama at school but there can be few schools where it is normal for students in Years 7, 8 and 9 to perform an excerpt of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”, “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and “Much Ado About Nothing”, nor where both Drama Club and the Production Society regularly attract 50 students apiece on a weekly basis. We wish Mrs Simmons every success in the final.