Pete Scutt, a science teacher at Isambard Community School for just two years has won the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) Outstanding New Teacher of the Year regional award in the South West and will be considered for Britain’s best new teacher in October, writes Juliet Platt.
He was amongst ten stars of education who have shone through and each of the winning headteachers, teachers, teaching assistants, governors, sustainable schools and school teams received a Plato, the Teaching Awards symbol of excellence in education. Other finalists were rewarded with a distinction or commendation and an engraved glass award.
All were cheered on by a 250 – strong audience, including pupils, parents and colleagues at the The Assembly Rooms, Bath at the ceremony was hosted by BBC TV presenter Ali Vowles.
Caroline Evans, chief executive of the Teaching Awards, said: "This is an exciting day for individuals who have been recognised and rewarded. Congratulations to them all and to their schools where the brilliance rubs off. I am thrilled to meet the new class of 2010 who are Teaching Awards’ ambassadors for education at its best."
Elizabeth Reid, Chief Executive, Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, added, "We are delighted to award Pete Scutt as this year’s Specialist Schools and Academies Trust Outstanding New Teacher of the Year in the South West.
"Pete is a talented teacher whose hard work, enthusiasm and commitment are an inspiration to his students and colleagues. These awards highlight the excellent practice that is taking place across the South West and show us that through nurturing the talent of new teachers we are developing the great school leaders of the future."
What happens outside the classroom is just as important as what happens in it. I have run inter-school science quizzes, helped the school become the first secondary school in Wiltshire to win an eco-school green flag, and given students the opportunity to teach science to year 6 children.”
Isambard Community School only opened in 2006 as the secondary school serving North Swindon. Headteacher Rachael Mattey said she was also delighted that Pete had been chosen as the new teacher of the year for the South West. "In 30 years of education, the last nine as head in two different schools, I have rarely met such an accomplished teacher. To have developed as a consummate professional in such a short space of time is truly awe inspiring. Pete is an inspirational teacher who contributes a huge amount to the learning of pupils at Isambard. I only hope that we can provide the opportunities for him to do so in our school and so enjoy his presence for years to come.”