News that Rachel Vidler of Linchfield Community Primary School in Deeping St James was a finalist in the Most Inspirational Teacher (Primary) category arrived by text from headteacher Andy Fawkes.
Winner Rachel said: “I didn’t expect it at all. I love capturing the imagination of children. It’s all about hooking into whatever they look.”
The award was presented by David Gratton, director of Spalding Office, Duncan and Toplis, the category sponsors. Judges were impressed by the way Rachel helped transform “a pupil’s dislike of school into a love of learning”.
Other finalists were Katharine Saywell of Gosberton House School for “building trust and confidence with students having severe learning needs” and Amanda Brooks of the Willoughby School, Bourne, for “working with pupils and staff to give the best possible education to children with special needs”.