Christina Turnell ended a 22-year association with Weston Hills Primary School this summer with a ringing endorsement from chairman of governors Ian Weller.
Speaking to the Guardian in July, Mr Weller said: “On behalf of all the governors, I’d like to thank Christina for her effort and commitment in what she’s done for the school in raising standards and keeping the children happy and safe in a changing educational system.”
Primary school headteachers like Mrs Turnell come and go at regular intervals but rarely are they honoured outside of the school they have served.
But this year things will be different with the introduction of the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards, in association with Duncan and Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers.
That’s because the Primary Headteacher of the Year Award will be presented to someone who has inspired pupils, teachers and support staff at their school through exceptional management, outstanding teaching skills and unrivalled commitment.
The award has been kindly sponsored by Langwith Construction, Holbeach, which has recently been relaunched under the ownership of Ashley King, head of Ashley King Developments, also based in Holbeach.
Graham Daubney, strategic development manager for Langwith Construction, said: “We are proud to sponsor the Primary Headteacher of the Year category at the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards.
“Working in the education sector has always been at the heart of our business and by working closely with schools, we are able to see the key role the headteacher has in this process.
“One example of the headteacher’s role is ensuring that the inevitable disruption caused by building works has minimal impact on the education of the children and well-being of staff.”
Langwith Construction has been responsible for the development of several educational projects in recent years, including South Holland Post 16 Centre, Spalding, University Academy Holbeach, Weston Hills Primary School and the new Wygate Park Primary Academy in Spalding.
Headteacher Annabelle O’Connell said: “We are lucky to have new resources that have been specifically chosen for us and our needs so that pupils are getting the best possible start to their education.”