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Our Joy Is Secondary Head of the Year

posted Oct 21, 2015, 12:55 PM by Caroline Dansey   [ updated Oct 21, 2015, 12:57 PM ]
The Principal of Ryde Academy, Joy Ballard, has won the ultimate symbol of excellence in education - The UK Teaching Award in the category 'Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School.'

Joy received her Gold Plato Award at a glittering ceremony at The Royal Opera House which is to be broadcast on BBC2 on Sunday 25 October at 6:00pm - 'Britain's Classroom Heroes.'

A spokesman for the Pearson Teaching Awards, said: "She is committed to helping every student realise their full potential. The success she has achieved is outstanding."

Joy is probably best known for her previous role as Headteacher at Willows High School in Cardiff which features in Channel 4's 'Educating Cardiff' series. Under her leadership the school's examination results leapt from 14% of students with A*-C in English and Maths to 50% in just three years.

She says: “I was really surprised to receive this award and I am so very proud that the staff and students at my previous school nominated me. I have had such an amazing year and combined with receiving such a warm welcome from everybody at Ryde and moving to the Island, a place which I love, I feel extremely privileged and very excited about the future."

Joy is the fourth AET national winner in the past five years. Richard Robb at Tendring Technology College was History Teacher of the Year in 2011; Clare Baldwin at Maltings Academy was Teaching Assistant of the Year in 2013; and Benedick Ashmore-Short at Hamford Primary Academy was Primary Headteacher of the Year in 2014. An outstanding record of achievement. Earlier in the year Joy won the 2015 Leading Wales Award in the Public Sector.