Alison is ‘head on’ for Primary Headteacher of the Year Award

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The head of two South Holland primary schools, one judged as “requires improvement” by Ofsted, is the Headteacher of the Year (Primary).

Alison Buddle, executive headteacher of Gedney Hill Church of England and Shepeau Stow Primary Schools, was a deserved winner after being credited for tackling teaching issues at Gedney Hill “head on”.

The 'Headteacher of the Year (Primary), sponsored by Langwith Construction of Holbeach, presented by managing director Alan Melton to Alison Buddle, executive headteacher of Gedney Hill C of E and Shepeau Stow Primary Schools.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

The 'Headteacher of the Year (Primary), sponsored by Langwith Construction of Holbeach, presented by managing director Alan Melton to Alison Buddle, executive headteacher of Gedney Hill C of E and Shepeau Stow Primary Schools. Photo by Tim Wilson.

The award was presented by Alan Melton, managing director of award sponsors Langwith Construction of Holbeach, to Mrs Buddle who was nominated for her efforts in transforming the school’s fortunes.

The nomination said: “Since taking the over headship at our school two years ago, Mrs Buddle has seen us through the lowest the school has been at.

“The school had a lot of issues but Alison has tackled them head on.

“Ofsted recognised the hard work that has been done by all the staff to enable the school to serve the pupils and community to high standards.

Alan Melton, managing director of award sponsors Langwith Construction, with Glyn Rushton of Spalding Parish C of E Day School and Elaine Radley of Bourne Westfield Primary Academy.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Alan Melton, managing director of award sponsors Langwith Construction, with Glyn Rushton of Spalding Parish C of E Day School and Elaine Radley of Bourne Westfield Primary Academy. Photo by Tim Wilson.

“Pupil numbers are rising and there is a fantastic feeling within the school once again.

“This was not a great school to take over, but Mrs Buddle and her staff are turning it around.”

Mrs Buddle said: “I am really surprised and shocked to win the award, but I’m lucky to work with good, key people.

“It’s challenging to be the head of two schools with lots of changes at the moment that we’re faced with.

“But I think all headteachers are trying to move things forward.”

Two other headteachers were nominated for the award, Elaine Radley of Bourne Westfield Primary Academy and Glyn Rushton of Spalding Parish Church of England Day School.