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'Superwoman' wins schools award

Einir Roberts with Zoe Salmon and pupils at the school
Einir Roberts was told of the award during a surprise visit by Zoe Salmon

A parent governor at a Kent primary school has been honoured at the annual Teaching Awards ceremony.

Einir Roberts, a governor at Harrietsham Church of England Primary School, Maidstone, won the national award for Governor of the Year.

She received a gold Plato from TV presenters Jeremy Vine and Myleene Klass at the London Palladium ceremony.

Mrs Roberts is known as a "superwoman" for her support for the school after it went into special measures in 2002.

She supported staff and pupils during 18 months when four interim headteachers came and went and was instrumental in ensuring an outstanding headteacher was appointed.

'Steely leader'

Mrs Roberts, who has three children, aged 15, 10 and eight, extended the school's facilities and fought for a 2.8 million building in a new site closer to the village.

Staff and pupils moved into the new building in September 2006.

The school was taken out of special measures in 2004 and an inspection in 2006 noted that teaching and learning was "consistently good".

Judges described her as a "formidable lady, and a steely leader".

As one of 11 winners in this year's finals, Mrs Roberts was told of the award during a surprise visit to the school by former Blue Peter presenter Zoe Salmon.

The Teaching Awards, founded by Lord Puttnam 10 years ago, are open to every school in the UK, and reward excellent teachers, headteachers, teaching assistants, governors and sustainable schools.

Lord Puttnam said: "Winners of Teaching Awards are extraordinary people and this year is no different.

"As ever, our judges have found a group of unique individuals with inspiring minds and outstanding commitment to the nations' schools."




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