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A former army sergeant turned primary school teacher has made a huge impression on his students in a short period of time.

Gary Ward, of St Paul’s Community Primary School in Spalding, has been teaching for less than a year, but has had such an impact that he scooped a top award.

Mr Ward was handed the Inspirational Primary School Teacher of the Year award on Thursday evening in recognition of his hard work.

Education Awards, Springfields, Spalding 2022 (57840336)
Education Awards, Springfields, Spalding 2022 (57840336)

From inspiring children to embrace fitness as a way of life to educating them about serving in the army, he has already imparted so much knowledge.

Elysia Herbert, marketing manager for Springfields, had been seriously impressed by all of the entrants, and was thrilled to present the trophy to Mr Ward.

Mr Ward said: “I am so thankful to all of the staff and the children. The children have made so much progress and that’s down to them, not me.

Education Awards, Springfields, Spalding 2022 (57840762)
Education Awards, Springfields, Spalding 2022 (57840762)

“This is my first teaching job and I am absolutely chuffed with this award.”

This year’s runners up were Emily Patman of Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Hall School and Amelia Siddall of Spalding Parish CofE Day School.

Reception teacher Emily works tirelessly in the school and is a big champion of the eco club.

Amelia’s students adore her and she was nominated because of how special she makes each student feel though encouraging them to believe in themselves and thrive.



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