20 Jul 2016

Education, Learning and Skills

Headteachers celebrated for schools’ success

This week 13 headteachers, education leaders and chairs of governors have been celebrated by the city council for their outstanding contributions to learning in Bristol.

The continued commitment of the city’s education leadership has helped to strengthen schools and raise standards across Bristol. Recent figures from the Department for Education showed over a quarter of the city’s schools are now rated as ‘outstanding’, which is higher than the South West average of 19 per cent.

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Jeff Lovell, officially recognised the positive impact of individuals at an awards ceremony held at the Mansion House. He said: “It is inspiring to see the commitment that these headteachers, leaders and governors have shown to improving education in our city and I’m pleased to be able to honour the contribution they have made. These are people who have in many cases dedicated their lives to improving the chances for children and young people, which is something of huge importance.”

Those receiving the award included chef Jo Ingleby and headteacher Elizabeth Carruthers from Redcliffe Nursery School and Children’s Centre for their pioneering work with children and families on experimental cookery. Tim Clark, head of family services at the Southville Centre Community Development Association, was recognised for developing a flexible and high quality early education service for south Bristol, as well as his work on projects which bring different generations together.

Councillor Claire Hiscott, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “These individuals set the bar very high for education in Bristol and I’d like to thank them for all the hard work they have put in over the years. It’s no easy task to run a school or give up your time as a governor, but their unwavering commitment has helped to ensure education in Bristol has been improving steadily over the past decade. Bristol recently became England’s first Learning City, which means that many organisations are working to improve opportunities for everyone. Part of this approach means nurturing environments where pupils are valued and respected and want to learn, which is something all of these individuals have contributed to.”

Others celebrated for their achievements include Sarah Baker, headteacher at Redland Green School and Basia McLaughlin, headteacher at St Bernadette’s Catholic College, both of whom recently saw their schools rated as ‘outstanding’ in all aspects. Inger O’Callaghan was commended for her work at Glenfrome Primary, which recently achieved a ‘good’ OFSTED inspection.

Headteachers from some of Bristol’s special schools and pupil referral units were also commended for their work. Darren Ewings from Knowle DGE was noted for the instrumental role he played in developing a partnership between the city’s special needs schools. Jim Bowyer has been acting head at two pupil referral units since 2014 and is supporting partnership between mainstream and specialist schools.

Heads and governors who are retiring or moving on to new roles were also thanked for their work including Amanda Pritchard from St Teresa’s RC Academy, Simon Rowe from Waycroft Academy, Mike Eatwell from Fishponds Academy and Tony Phillips from Chester Park Junior School - one of the first schools to achieve the Bristol Ideal for their work around teaching  PSHE. Gordon Richardson, governor at Little Hayes Nursery School and Children’s Centre was also commended for his contribution.


Photo caption: Back row, left to right:

  • Tim Clark, head of family services, Southville Centre
  • Basia McLaughlin, headteacher at St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School
  • Jim Bowyer, headteacher at Bristol Hospital Education Service and acting headteacher at the Meriton
  • Darren Ewigs, headteacher at Knowle DGE
  • Simon Rowe, headteacher at Waycroft Academy
  • Mike Eatwell, headteacher at Fishponds Academy
  • Tony Phillips, retiring headteacher at Chester Park Junior School


Front on stairs

  • Amanda Pritchard, headteacher at St Teresa’s Catholic Primary
  • Inger O’Callaghan, headteacher Glenfrome Primary
  • Sarah Baker, headteacher at Redland Green School
  • Jo Ingleby, Chef at Redcliffe Nursey School and Children’s Centre
  • Elizabeth Carruthers headteacher at Redcliffe Nursery School and Children’s Centre
  • Gordon Richardson, governor at Little Hayes Nursery School and Children’s Centre
  • Lord Mayor, Councillor Jeff Lovell

About Bristol Learning City:

Learning Cities are being established across the world. They are based on the idea that by working and learning together we can achieve more and in turn this will transform lives, organisations and cities.

Bristol has become England’s first UNESCO Learning City. Organisations have committed to work in partnership to create and promote learning opportunities for everyone, of all ages and from all communities, in all parts of the city. 

2016 is the Year of Learning in Bristol. We want everyone to know that Bristol is a Learning City, to get involved, learn new things and help spread the word. Our campaign tagline is ‘Love Learning’.  

The development of Bristol Learning City is overseen by a group of influential city leaders, who belong to the Partnership Board, and represent education, business and advocates for learning.   

Four ‘challenge groups’ have been set up, to look at and improve specific areas of learning in the city and consider ways of including all ages and backgrounds in learning.  The four ‘challenge groups’ are: learning in education, learning for and in work, learning for life and learning for everyone.   

For more information, visit bristollearningcity.com or Facebook.com/BristolLearningCity