Image of cake celebrating the award We are delighted to announce that  Alperton Community School has been named as one of 80 Pearson National Teaching Award Silver Award winners across the country. Alperton is honoured with a Silver Award in the Award for Making a Difference – Secondary School of the Year for their outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children they work with every day.

Below you can see a video from the awards celebrations

Our school is one of the most ethnically diverse places in the country with 130 languages spoken in the school. Students achieve qualifications, employability skills and cross-community experiences by setting high aspirations through an excellent careers provision, an extensive pastoral care programme and high quality teaching and learning.   

Alperton Community School is consistently one of the best performing schools in the countryImage of Thank a Teacher cards from students for student progress and outcomes. At GCSE, over 100 students achieved the top grades in English and Maths and the majority of A Level students secure their first choice of university. Staff describe it as a happy, safe, high-achieving school, where they Aspire, Commit and Succeed in a supportive atmosphere through hard work and commitment. The school continues to create a nurturing, caring and inspirational environment in which every pupil is important and students and teachers approach school life with enthusiasm and enjoyment. 

As a Silver Award winner, Alperton Community School has now been shortlisted to win one of just 16 Gold Awards later in the year. These once in a lifetime achievements will be broadcast on the BBC’s The One Show as part of a week-long celebration of teaching, which sees famous faces honour award winners every night in the run up to the ceremony. This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the exceptional school staff who have worked wonders to bring together their local communities despite the challenges of the past few years. 

The Silver Award winners are being honoured as part of the wider celebrations for national ‘Thank a Teacher Day’, bringing together everyone across the country to celebrate the schools and colleges at the heart of our communities. 

Image of Alperton Students proudly holding the Pearson awardThe Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of excellence in education, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they work with. This year marks its 23rd year of celebrating our school teaching staff across the UK. 

Rachel Johnson, CEO at PIXL, said: 

“Congratulations to the Silver Winners today. Each school has had the same purpose in mind which is to provide the very best for their young people, they have each done it in different ways but all had the same aim. What a joy it is to celebrate the incredible work of schools and to make what is often unseen, so visible. The work of schools changes lives and that is something that deserves celebrating!”

Sharon Hague, Managing Director of Schools at Pearson UK, said: Image of the Pearson award

“Congratulations to today’s Silver Award winners on their incredible achievement, they should all feel very proud of themselves. And thank you to all the incredible educators and support staff across this country who really do make our schools and colleges so special. I am delighted that we can take this opportunity to say how much we appreciate all that you do for us.” 

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said:

“Congratulations to Alperton Community School on this incredible achievement, and for the hard work and dedication which led up to it. Winning this award is impressive, well-deserved and shows Alperton’s commitment to helping students achieve their full potential.”

Michael Morpurgo, celebrated author and former Children’s Laureate, and President of the Teaching Awards Trust, said: 

“For so many of us, it was someone at school who changed our lives, was at our side through hard and difficult times, who lifted us up when we were down, helped us find our voice, gave us confidence when we needed it most, and set us on a path that we have followed ever since. 

“No matter who we are, school has touched our lives and played a central role in our childhoods. School is about so much more than learning, and we see that now more than ever before. Schools really are the beating heart of our communities. Every person that cares for our children in schools should be celebrated loud and clear on Thank A Teacher Day 2022.”

Please see below some photographs from the Silver Winners’ afternoon Tea:

Image of ACS staff at the Silver Winners’ afternoon Tea

Image of ACS staff and students at the Silver Winners’ afternoon Tea