OB Andy Hodgkinson from the Sweyne Park School in Rayleigh was awarded Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School, by Pearson Teaching Awards.
"Andy is an inspirational and exceptional Headteacher who leads an outstanding academy. Not only does he support students and staff at his own school, he is also a `National Leader of Education`, guiding and assisting schools in challenging circumstances. In September 2013, the Sweyne Park School will open its own Sixth Form, thanks largely to his efforts. He has a passion for education and his determination that each and every student achieves their full potential is at the heart of all that he does. Teaching Awards judges said, "It is wonderful that a leader's personal mission has become so deeply embedded in a school." - Pearsons Teaching Awards