Success in Dedicated Teacher Awards 2021

Congratulations to our Assistant Head of Sixth Form, Jo Downie, who made it to the Top 10 regional shortlist for Europe in the Cambridge University Press Dedicated Teacher Awards 2021. 

The Dedicated Teacher Awards is a global competition in which anyone can nominate a teacher they feel goes the extra mile for their students. This year, Cambridge University Press received almost 13,000 nominations from 112 countries across the world. From that number, just 60 teachers made it into the six regional shortlists. 

Jo was nominated by a former pupil who praised her for the support they had received and the support she provides to students across the Sixth Form:

“Mrs Downie has gone above and beyond her role to provide the best pastoral care for our entire year. She’s personally supported me through my difficulties […] She also trains members of the Sixth Form in how to be peer mentors, skills they can then use to provide pastoral care to the younger years […] through lockdown, she still runs peer mentoring, support groups and also has individual sessions with students who are struggling, all on a weekly basis.”

Cambridge University Press said: “We loved Jo’s nomination and are so grateful for teachers like Jo who continually go above and beyond for their students.” 

Hearing the news, Dame Allan's Principal Will Scott said: “We're so proud of Mrs Downie's success in the Dedicated Teacher Awards. To be shortlisted from an initial group of almost 13,000 is an extraordinary achievement.

"Mrs Downie is an integral part of the Dame Allan’s pastoral team, both as Assistant Head of Sixth Form and as one of our Assistant Designated Safeguarding Leads. She is a leading mental health advocate for the Schools and her work with the Sixth Form mentoring team ensures pupils understand the part they all play in fostering this caring community.” 

Click here to view this year’s shortlist eBook of nominations.