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New head hopes to repeat award-winning success

A former Teacher of the Year for Calderdale hopes to repeat her success in Huddersfield.

A former Teacher of the Year for Calderdale hopes to repeat her success in Huddersfield.

Kay Hanson has recently been appointed head teacher at Rawthorpe Junior School.

As deputy head at Ash Green Primary in Mixenden, she helped to double the pupils' assessment results in English, maths and sciences from 40% to 80%.

She inspired children and monitored them to develop language and other basic skills.

Their average result in IT skills shot up from unsatisfactory to "above national standards" within three years.

Mrs Hanson received her Teacher of the Year award at a ceremony in London.

It was presented for inclusive education and involving the community in the school's activities.

The annual awards are run by BT and the Times Education Supplement.

Rawthorpe Junior School is being refurbished with Government-organised private funding, so Mrs Hanson has got a great basis from which to repeat her success.

She said: "The private funding initiative has already given the school an excellent platform from which to start.

"A key part of the school's future success will be through partnership with local businesses and by tapping into educational funding sources."

Last year, Mrs Hanson raised £100,000 through various initiatives for her Mixenden school.

She went on to involve parents and local residents and help them improve their IT skills and knowledge.

She added: "My vision was to raise aspirations for the children and bring parents with them.

"This led to a number of beginner and advanced adult IT classes during out of school hours."


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