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Lifetime achievement award for retiring Severn Vale head teacher Peter Rowland

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

Severn Vale School Headteacher Peter Rowland receiving a lifetime achievement award at the school in Quedgeley on Friday

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Special recognition has been offered to a head teacher at Severn Vale Primary School who has been picked out from 20,000 nominations to win a lifetime achievement award.

Through his leadership, Peter Rowland has transformed Severn Vale School. The school has gone from one which was failing its students and had a less than desirable reputation in the local community to one which is a thriving hub of learning in Gloucester.

The Pearson Teaching Awards are an annual celebration of exceptional teachers and teaching, founded in 1999 by Lord Puttnam.

They recognise the life-changing impact of an inspirational teacher on the lives of the young people they teach.

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Selected from over 20,000 nominations received by the Pearson Teaching Awards in 2014, Peter’s celebration is one of just 55 that took place in schools and colleges across England, Ireland and Wales on Thank a Teacher Day on Friday.

Peter, who has been teaching for more than three decades, said: “I was totally shocked when I found out that I had been given a lifetime achievement award.

“It is a reflection of all the hard work of all of the staff and governors who have helped to improve Severn Vale School. It really has been a team effort.

“Teaching is such a rewarding profession and it is a privilege to be a head teacher. There have been some fantastic moments in my 30 year career as a teacher, but this award is the proudest moment.”

Peter is retiring this year after 12 years at the helm.

This year, Severn Vale has been recognised as one of the top 100 most improved secondary schools in the country, and the class of 2013 achieved the best academic outcomes in the school’s history.

Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, said: “I am genuinely proud and honoured to be the president of the Teaching Awards.

“I owe so much of what I’ve done to my fantastic teachers at school and university and it is exciting to join in celebrating what is probably the most important profession of them all.”

Peter will now join fellow award winners at the UK final of the Teaching Awards at London’s Guildhall on October 26, where 10 Silver Award winners will receive a Gold Award. The ceremony will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC.

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  • Hadagmaja  |  May 17 2014, 12:09PM

    GC since when has Severn Vale school been a primary school (first sentence of article). Shoddy reporting and no proof reading! Well done anyway Peter!

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  • hardwickegirl  |  May 17 2014, 10:50AM

    Very well deserved. Peter is not only an inspirational leader; he is a lovely person who cares deeply about all of his students; no matter what their ability is. He is not driven by just exam results; he wants to produce well-rounded young people who make a positive contribution and reach their full potential. He will be a great loss the the past and present pupils and staff. Happy retirement Peter

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  • sexymamma67  |  May 16 2014, 10:05PM

    This school wasn't failing under Len Spiers... The year he left was an amazing results year for the students and most have gone on to professional jobs......

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