What teaching “brilliance” looks like. Inspirational Di scoops big award

An “Exceptional and Inspirational” primary school teacher has won a prestigious award

Diane Martin of St Anne’s Church Academy in Weston-super-Mare has scooped the Pearson Primary Teacher of the Year award in the South West after 17 years of incredible teaching.

She will now be rewarded with a trip to the House of Commons followed by the national finals award ceremony in October.

Diane won the award after inspiring hundreds of children over the years and seeing her teaching style shared across Somerset. She leads the outstanding Early Years provision across St Anne’s at both Hewish and West Wick.

Headteacher Lisa Dadds praised a wide variety of attributes that makes Diane so highly regarded. 

She said “Diane really is exceptional and her passion, imagination and ingenuity permeates every part of the school. She is what ‘brilliance’ looks like.

“Children are encouraged to be scientists, explorers, historians, mathematicians, artists and more, and develop a true love of learning under her teaching.

“Parents and pupils love Diane and have utter respect for everything she says and does.”

If anyone wants to visit St Anne’s to see Di in action please get in touch with the school.