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Islington’s teachers and school staff celebrated in awards ceremony

And the Headteacher of the Year award goes to...

18 February, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Award winners line up on the stage at the LSO St Lukes’s building in Finsbury

THE best headteacher in Islington was crowned at a glitzy ceremony celebrating education in the borough.

Scores of teachers filled LSO St Luke’s building in Finsbury for the Islington Education Awards on Monday.

Newington Green and Rotherfield primary schools’ executive headteacher Abi Misselbrook-Lovejoy was named Headteacher of the Year.

Ms Misselbrook-Lovejoy said: “It was a big shock. Being short and direct is how I roll, so I kept the speech like that.

Abi Misselbrook-Lovejoy picking up the Headteacher of the Year Award

“There isn’t really a secret to being a good headteacher that I know of. I just love my schools and I love my children. That’s about it.”

A string of other awards – among them those to the best primary and secondary school teachers, classroom support of the year and best senior leader – were presented by Town Hall chiefs, actors and TV personalities.

Actress Dame Siân Phillips presented a lifetime achievement award to Barrie O’Shea, who has been headteacher at Duncombe Primary School, in Holloway, for almost 30 years.

She said: “He turned around one of Islington’s most troubled schools and influenced the lives of thousands of children in the process. He works tirelessly for his school’s children, parents and staff and has also always been an advocate for all the disadvantaged children in Islington.”

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