"One of the great ones”: Glenmoor & Winton Academies’ inspirational PE teacher
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Best in Everyone Awards
United Learning’s annual Best in Everyone Awards recognises the talents, achievements and dedication of pupils and staff across over 80 schools across the country. In this series of blog posts, we put the spotlight on some of our recent worthy winners.
With such incredible teaching staff across United Learning, competition for the Best in Everyone Award for ‘Inspirational Teacher of the Year’ is always fierce. In 2019, Sarah Bowen, a PE teacher at Glenmoor & Winton Academies, was celebrated as the winner. Sarah’s exuberant and energetic nature has seen her excel at building relationships with staff and students. Her dedication to providing outstanding lessons and engaging students of all abilities has likewise been garnered praise.
Supporting the first cohort through the new PE syllabus, Sarah’s students achieved an incredible 100% pass rate at grade 5 and above. Some students were awarded the prestigious grade 9, which for two resulted in A-level scholarships to a local independent school. A clear testament to her dedication and passion for teaching, Sarah sat the mock exam with her students to show her support for the stress they may be experiencing. Her commitment continues to shine through as Sarah has arranged numerous fundraising events with the students in memory of her school colleague, Dan Ferris, who sadly passed away, raising hundreds of pounds for a cardiomyopathy charity.
Sarah dedicates an enormous amount of her time outside of teaching hours to the development of students and staff alike. Throughout the school year, Sarah arranges departmental moderation days across schools to share her knowledge and guidance with other teachers, encouraging and inspiring them to follow her lead. Further to this, she has successfully mentored an NQT and three trainee teachers – no mean feat for a teacher who works four days a week.
She coaches two netball teams and arranges a netball tour where students compete over a long weekend, meeting schools and clubs from across the UK. To inspire participation and motivation to improve, Sarah provides opportunities to watch the super league netball games and organises meet and greets with professional players.
Each morning, Sarah supports students through a leadership award that teaches them the qualities necessary to take ownership of sporting events such as primary school sports days and ensures that they reach their full potential. To guarantee that students who do not have the opportunity earn a grade for the practical component of their GCSE, Sarah goes above and beyond to organise activities such as rock climbing and swimming.
Sarah also offers work experience placements to former students, dedicating a lot of time to ensure students receive a genuine experience of the life of a PE teacher. Former students cannot speak highly enough of Sarah:
“Miss Bowen was a quality teacher, going above and beyond to support me. She gets the best from her students with a balance of good humour and positive work ethic. She has even come to support our Sunday football team away from school. Miss Bowen is a teacher who I will fondly remember as one of the great ones.”
It is evident that Sarah has made an enormous impact on the lives of many students and we look forward to supporting her as she goes from strength to strength in her career.