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Jun 28

Local teacher scoops top award

Music teacherCongratulations to local teacher Jay Bradley of The Academy of St Francis of Assisi who has been awarded a Silver Teaching Award for ‘Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School’.

Mr Bradley has been Head of Music at the school for the last three years and gained the Pearson Teaching Award after judges agreed that he had transformed the music department.

Body Percussion, Beat Boxing, Film Music, Samba band and a range of school choirs are all now on the school curriculum for students to try and to enjoy.

His teachers and students described him as inspirational and a fantastic role model.

Earlier this month, the Academy of St Francis of Assisi become a Musical Futures Champion School, part of an international network that promotes a love of musical learning and works with many young people across the world.

The Pearson Teaching Awards are an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they teach.

Mr Bradley will join fellow Silver Award winners at the 20th Pearson Teaching Awards ceremony on October 21 to find which of them has won one of just 12 Gold Plato Awards

The ceremony will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC as a showcase of excellence in education.