Barton Hill Academy steal the show at national awards event

A ‘truly remarkable day for staff and pupils’ is how the of Barton Hill Academy in Torquay described an awards-laden event.

Barton Hill is part of Academies Enterprise Trust, the largest academy chain in the United Kingdom, and proud to be part of this ‘big-hearted national family’.

The annual AET national celebration of best educational practice and pupil endeavour, entitled the “Festival of Remarkable Lives”, took place and was beamed live into classrooms across the country, hosted by CBBC stars Sam and Mark.

The Torquay academy took centre stage as its inspirational headteacher, Christopher Taylor, was honoured with the accolade of “Headteacher of the Year” for his dynamic leadership.

An academy spokesman said: “It has been a uniquely challenging year but one in which Barton Hill has excelled with its distinctive and celebrated provision and support for families during lockdown.”

Assistant headteacher Jane Mosley who helped develop a national provision of live lessons for schools nationally over the shutdown period, was championed Teacher of the Year.

Deputy headteacher Jim Piper said: “We are thoroughly exhilarated to see these remarkable leaders receive such esteemed recognition for pushing the limits and helping our community to discover what’s possible – like all of our staff, we know that our pupils and parents will share in their delight.”

However, the awards didn’t end there. To seal the day and achieve a clean sweep at the ceremony, the Barton Hill Academy staff, as a whole, were laurelled as Team of the Year.

Mr Piper said that they wanted to share the acclaim with their remarkable community of pupils, parents and friends. “They are an integral part of the success of the school; working alongside them in such fulfilling partnership makes the school a very special place,” he said.

The pupils themselves also stole top billing in the festival, with the school’s debating team, led by Mrs Farrell and Madame Bell, winning its competition category and its drama groups, fronted by Mrs Dowell and Mrs Parker, earning two ‘Oscars’.

Head Mr Taylor said: “Another incredible accolade and a wonderful way to round off a remarkable year. Truly superb!”