Wensleydale School teacher voted North Yorkshire’s best

Award-winning teacher Andrew Wilkinson.

A deputy headteacher from Wensleydale School and Sixth Form College has been crowned North Yorkshire’s Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Andrew Wilkinson, who teaches Physics, has taught at the Leyburn school since 2014.

According to the school’s headteacher, Julia Polley, Mr Wilkinson has inspired hundreds of young people during this time.

Mrs Polley said: “Andy is an outstanding practitioner who inspires and encourages his students. He gives his time freely and unconditionally, constantly going above and beyond to ensure they all reach their potential.

“He has engaged Year 5 and 6 pupils from our primary feeder schools with his unique and innovative science roadshows, and has mentored countless Year 11, 12 and 13 students by providing them with purposeful and inspiring revision sessions.

“Andy really puts the academic potential of young people at the heart of everything he does, and I am absolutely delighted that he has been named Secondary Teacher of the Year.”

Mr Wilkinson was presented with the award by North Yorkshire County Council at ceremony last week held at Harrogate.

He added: “No one goes into teaching for personal accolades like this, that is not what being a teacher is all about. It is, however, nice to know that your efforts are recognised and appreciated.

Julia added: “It is moments like this that make Wensleydale School and Sixth Form so special. We may not be the biggest school, but we continually show that we have a great deal to be proud of.”

Over the last 12 months the school has seen its exam results strengthen, so it is now in the top 10 non-selective schools in the county, and Ofsted praise the progress students make.

“We can only achieve everything that we do because of the dedication and skill shown by teachers like Mr Wilkinson. He not only inspires the students, but he also inspires his colleagues. He is, quite simply, awesome.”