Two headteachers have been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.
Huddersfield New College principal Angela Williams and Carlton Junior and Infant School in Batley Carr head Rizwana Mahmood are in the running to win the National Centre for Diversity’s head teacher of the year.
They were both recognised for their equality, diversity and inclusion work, by the organisation, which was founded to promote fairness in institutions and are two of five headteachers shortlisted from around Great Britain.
It is one of two awards that Angela has been nominated for, alongside chief executive of the year, and one of three for the college, whose assistant principal Zoe Shackleton is in the running for the equality, diversity and inclusion lead of the year.
Samantha Daley, Huddersfield New College’s Marketing Manager, said “Having achieved the Level three Leaders in Diversity Award in early 2015, the college is delighted to have been nominated in the categories for EDI Lead and Principal of the Year at the upcoming EDI Grand Awards.
“These nominations are testament to the commitment of the College and its Senior Leadership Team to uphold the values of equality, diversity and inclusion, which underpin the College’s mission and values.”
Rizwana, who looks after over 200 pupils at the Upper Road school, has been shortlisted only two years into her role as headteacher.
She was nominated for her teaching of British values, developing high levels of community engagement, promoting diversity and the rapid progress made by pupils.
Rizwana said: “It’s a privilege to be shortlisted.
“I was surprised and delighted, especially as this is only my second year in headship, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the great support of staff, governors, families, the Local Authority and the community.
“We celebrate diversity and ensure equality at all levels. We have a supportive and caring environment where each child can develop their confidence and realise the endless opportunities of being a citizen of the 21st century.”
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony tonight at the ICC in Birmingham.