Great secondary heads can make all the difference

Kim Tomkins, educational consultant for Lincolnshire at Mana Education.

Kim Tomkins, educational consultant for Lincolnshire at Mana Education.

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The difference a secondary school headteacher can make to a school has been put into words by former Spalding High School student Alexia Hendrickson (18).

Writing about her school’s former headteacher Tim Clark, Alexia said: “It was a sad moment for my friends and I to say goodbye to Mr Clark who had definitely left a lasting impression on both myself and the school.”

Former headmaster at Spalding High School Tim Clark'.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG130513-120TW. www.spaldingtoday.co.uk

Former headmaster at Spalding High School Tim Clark'. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG130513-120TW. www.spaldingtoday.co.uk

Alexia, a former work experience reporter with our sister paper, the Lincolnshire Free Press, could have been speaking for thousands of teenagers across South Holland, Bourne, the Deepings and south of Boston.

But instead of waiting until your headteacher leaves, why not demonstrate how special they are by nominating them for the Secondary Headteacher of the Year title at this year’s Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards. For the first time ever, in association with Duncan and Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, we want to recognise the headteacher at secondary level who has done most to inspire the students and staff working alongside.

The award has been kindly sponsored by Mana Education, a well-established teaching agency based in Rutland which supplies teachers and support staff to primary and secondary schools in Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and the East Midlands.

Kim Tomkins, educational consultant for Lincolnshire, said: “Mana Education works with a lot of secondary schools across Lincolnshire and we know that the time and effort headteachers put into schools is often unrecognised as the emphasis on success is generally biased towards Ofsted reports.

“We pride ourselves on understanding the needs of individual schools so that we can find the right staff and supply the right teachers for those schools. There are many headteachers who go above and beyond the norm for their school, staff and pupils alike, so we feel this should be rewarded by recognising their achievements and commitment given to the school.”

The conviction which drove Mr Clark to be such a success at Spalding High School was summed up by himself during an interview with Guardian reporter Jean Hodge in August 2013.

Mr Clark said: “Every child, regardless of background and parental income, has the right to a first-class education.”