Christ Church alumna wins NQT award

13 May 2019

A Christ Church alumna has won the Newly Qualified Teacher of the Year Award 2019.

Harriet Burrowes who studied BA (Hons) Primary Education was delighted to receive the award at the KM Teacher of the Year Awards on Friday 10 May. 

Harriet, who teachers at St John's CEP School in Canterbury, reflected on her time at the University.

“Before university, I knew I wanted to be a primary school teacher but I couldn’t actually imagine myself as one. I never thought I’d be ready to take on a whole class, let alone be shortlisted for this award.  

“I looked back in my third year of university and I realised how ready I felt to step into my first classroom as a teacher. Without realising it, my course and tutors at CCCU had gradually nurtured and supported me so well that I felt completely confident and comfortable. The university helped me throughout my degree and I have still been able to rely on them for advice and support even after I finished”, she said.

“I have been able to draw upon my experience from placements, advice from tutors, all alongside the seminars and lectures from over the three years of my course. This has helped me hugely in my practice as a teacher. I survived Ofsted in one of my first weeks, mentored a CCCU student teacher who is on placement in my class and am now looking forward to my second year of teaching.

“I feel astonished and honoured that I have been shortlisted as the NQT of the year.”

The awards dinner, held at the Ashford International Hotel, was hosted by the KM Charity Team to honour district winners for each local authority area. 

For the full list of winners and photograpy from the evening visit


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