A HEADTEACHER of a Reading school has been honoured with a prestigious award.

Andy Johnson, headteacher of Maiden Erlegh School, Reading, has been named as one of 80 Silver Award winners across the country at the Pearson National Teaching Awards.

He was honoured with a Silver Award for the Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School category on May 26 for his ‘outstanding commitment’ in working with children. 

As a Silver Award winner, Mr Johnson has now been shortlisted to win one of just 16 Gold Awards later in the year.

The winners are being honoured as part of the wider celebrations for national ‘Thank a Teacher Day’. 

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said: “Congratulations to Andy on this incredible achievement, and for the hard work and dedication which led up to it.

“Winning this award is impressive, well-deserved and shows Andy’s commitment to helping students achieve their full potential.”

Paul Matthias, national director at Hays Education, said: “Working in placing thousands of education professionals across the country – we know that the right school leader is essential to the success of a school and the wellbeing of its students.

“Andy has received one of the highest accolades a head can receive, and it’s obvious from the feedback how much he deserves it.”