A HEADTEACHER who says she feels “privileged” in her role has been nominated for a Worcestershire Education Award.

Therese Langford, who has been at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School for seven years, has been nominated for Headteacher of the Year Award.

Speaking about what she enjoys most in her role, Mrs Langford said: “Seeing the children thrive and watching the children love learning.”

In February, the school in Newtown Road, Malvern, having required improvement for the past two inspections, was judged ‘good’ by Ofsted with Mrs Langford described as leading in a “calm, focused, driven manner, while being kind, challenging and supportive.”

Mrs Langford, aged 50, said: “I am very proud of the people I work with and all their efforts of making this school good.

“We have a fantastic governing body, and this was picked up by Ofsted in our recent inspection. Everyone has contributed and we have a strong parent community. Children are happy to be at this school and I feel privileged to be their headteacher.”

The school has a global link with Changa Primary School in Tanzania, where teachers from both schools visit one another and learn about different the cultures and diversity.

Mrs Langford said: “Through creating strong links with the wider community it develops the pupil’s education and understanding of other cultures.”

Christopher Park, who nominated Mrs Langford said: “Therese Langford has shown exceptional leadership, outstanding commitment to the success of her pupils and has brought transformational ambition to St Joseph’s school. She is a modest, hardworking and inspirational leader. She richly deserves this award.

"In turning the school round, she has done a difficult job magnificently. Importantly, she has developed such a strong, dedicated team of teachers in order to ensure that the excellent experience for pupils is sustainable.

“The efforts made by Therese to improve the school have been exceptional. Children who spoke to Ofsted inspectors were keen to share their views on the positive impact the school has on their wellbeing and their ability to manage their own behaviour calmly in difficult situations. The children are now engaged in many external events such as choir competitions, sports events, charity support and the arts."


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