Christ Church alumni win host of awards at 2018 ceremony

23 May 2018

Canterbury Christ Church University alumni swept the board at this year’s Kent Teacher of the Year Awards 2018

Alumna Adela Granger, who teaches at Kent Special Educational Needs Trust St Anthony’s School in Margate, won the overall Kent Newly Qualified Teacher of the Year Award (NQT) at a ceremony held at the Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel on Friday, 18 May. 

Abby Turner, who teaches at Briary Primary School in Herne Bay, won the NQT of the Year Award for the Canterbury district and Aliza Goren was presented with Top Secondary Teacher of the Year Award for the Tonbridge and Malling district. 

Adela graduated with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) part-time at Christ Church in 2016 and was delighted to have won. She said: “I was very surprised to have won as I wasn’t expecting it, but I feel really chuffed. 

“Being recognised for the work I do within my job role and to feel appreciated by my school is a great feeling. It is a challenging job but definitely rewarding and I am over the moon to have received such a fantastic reward for what I do.”

Abby Turner, who completed a BA Primary Education in 2017, was presented her award by Senior Lecturer Tracy Parvin, who taught her both in primary school and then on the University’s BA Primary Education course.

 Abby, who graduated in 2017 reflected on her time at the University. “I felt really surprised and happy to be at the awards,” she said.

 “I feel like all the hard work has paid off. Christ Church was fantastic and with such supportive staff. The other students were very like-minded – we were all there for a purpose and wanted to do really well. 

“The placements were always fantastic and I think that assignments and practical side of the course balanced really well for me, I enjoyed it.” 

The event, organised by the KM Charity Team, celebrates excellence and achievement in teaching, with a record-breaking 1,200 nominations received by parents, pupils and school staff this year.

Winners were decided by a panel of judges featuring representatives from Kent County Council, Medway Council, The University of Kent, Kent Sport, Canterbury Christ Church University, the University of Greenwich,Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, MY Trust, Social Enterprise Kent, Beanstalk, CXK, Salus, LoopCR, Kreston Reeves, KidZania, Diggerland, and Kent Further Education. 

Other Canterbury Christ Church winners were:

  • Colin Taylor who won overall Kent Primary Teacher of the Year. (GTP, 2012)
  • Tim Jackson who won overall Kent ICT Teacher of the Year (Advanced Cert Education (Post Comp)
  • Clive Soord, The Gulbenkian Theatre Arts Award for Inspiring Creativity and Innovation and Canterbury Group Technical/Vocational Teacher of the Year Awards (Advanced Certificate of Education (Post Comp), 1998)
  • Stella Martin, Overall Kent Literacy Team of the Year and West Kent Group Primary School Teacher of the Year (PG 11-18, 1991)
  • Aliza Goren, Tonbridge & Malling Group Secondary School Teacher of the Year (PG 11-18, 2016)
  • Nicholas Leggat, Ashford Group Sport Teacher of the Year (BA Education Science, 1993)
  • Ross Butler, Dartford and Gravesham Group Secondary School Teacher of the Year for Gravesham (PG 11-18, 2013)
  • Louise Friend, Dover Group Primary School Teacher of the Year (PGCE FT, 2007)
  • Kim Howes, Maidstone Group Higher Education Teacher of the Year (Advanced Certificate of Education (Post Comp), 2003)
  • Mark Heaton, Maidstone Group Secondary School Teacher of the Year (PG 11-18, 2013)
  • Karin Tillett, Medway Group Deputy Head Teacher of the Year (BA Primary Ed, 2000)
  • Paul Cross, Medway Head Teacher of the Year (PG FT, 2014)
  • Brice Dempster, Shepway Primary School Teacher of the Year (PG FT, 2014)
  • Kavan Risby, Shepway Sports Teacher of the Year (School Direct, 2014)
  • Stephen James, Shepway Maths Teacher of the Year (BA Primary, 2013)
  • Scott Tift, Thanet Primary School Teacher of the Year (FD Physical Education)
  • Patrick Burns, Swale Primary School Teacher of the Year (PG FT, 2015)

Notes to editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a dynamic and innovative university, supporting all students to gain an outstanding education and enjoy an excellent student experience.

It is actively involved in public life, from its role in influencing national policy and practice to addressing real-world challenges through teaching and research.

96% of the University’s most recent UK undergraduates and 98% of postgraduates were in employment or study six months after completing their studies (includes full-time and part-time); higher than the national average, 9 out of 10 of employed graduates are also in graduate-level jobs three-and-a-half years after finishing their studies.

It is a multi-campus university with 16,200 students studying a wide range of courses across Kent and Medway, with graduates teaching in schools, providing health and social care in the community, helping businesses to flourish and injecting talent into creative industries.

It received a Silver rating for teaching excellence in 2017, a significant national endorsement of its high-quality and transformative education and is investing significantly in the student experience for future generations. This includes a £150 million campus development to support curriculum expansion in engineering and technology, and a new arts building to promote careers in the creative industries.


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