A SCHOOL in Newbury has been shortlisted for a national award that has been compared to the “Oscars for teachers”. 

Enborne CofE primary school is on the shortlist for the Pearson National Teaching Awards 2020. 

The school is one of only six in the country which will be visited by judges, for the category of primary school of the year.

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Catherine Morley, headteacher at Enborne, said: “I’m delighted we have been shortlisted for such a prestigious ward. I’m very proud of our whole team, all our staff and governors, and our wonderful children. 

“I’m grateful for all the help we received during the challenges we faced. It is a joy to be able to celebrate exceptional commitment and achievement at this time.” 

The Pearson National Teaching Awards, which were founded in 1998, recognise the impact teachers can have on the young people they teach.

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The shortlist includes teachers, lectures, teaching assistants  and headteachers, from schools and colleges across England, Northern Ireland and Wales. 

Those shortlisted, including Enborne school, could go on to win 14 gold awards, which have been compared to the Oscars, for teachers. 

The BBC will film and broadcast the awards ceremony, in a program called ‘Britain’s Classroom Heroes’. The timing for the ceremony is yet to be confirmed. 

Councillor Dominic Boeck, lead for education at West Berkshire Council, said: “We have excellent schools in West Berkshire, and it is wonderful to see the work that everyone is doing at Enborne recognised on a national level. 

“I’m sure that we will all be keeping our fingers crossed that they go all the way to receiving an award.”