Vote for your winners

The Inspirational Teacher and Unsung Hero categories are up for a public vote! You can vote by text using the details below for any of our shortlisted finalists.


1. Mrs Emma Whittle – Falconers Hill Academy

2. Shelly Gent – Wrenn School

3. Deb Thwaites – Barry Primary School

4. Steph Deane – Badby School

5. Julie Williams – Little Harrowden Primary School

6. Nomination Withdrawn

7. Nicky King – The Bramptons Primary School

8. Lauren Richards – Duston Eldean Primary School

 9. Mark Currell – Roade Primary School  

10. Miss Lamb – Roade Primary School

11. Mrs Humphreys & Mrs Albert – Roade Primary School

12. Diane Fisher – Kingsthorpe College

13. Hannah Rawden – Wooten Park School

14. Mrs Cooper – Long Buckby Junior School

15. Mr Cox – Long Buckby Junior School

Text MT TEACH followed by a space and the number of your favourite to 85100 (eg MT TEACH 9)


1. Nathaniel Clark – school unknown

2. Mrs Lindsey Evans – Badby School

3. Kristina Martin – Priors Hall Community School

4. Vicki Wilson – Wellingborough School Estates team

5. Ecaterina Morton – Russian Supplementary School of Northampton

6. Sian Haigh – Simon de Senlis Primary School

7. Antony Witheyman – Weedon Bec School

8. Siobhan McMahon – Barry Road Primary School

Text MT HERO followed by a space and the number of your favourite to 85100 (eg MT HERO 1)

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Nathaniel Clark 

On the 31st January 2019 Nathaniel was on his way to school when he came across a young boy that had fallen in a frozen icy cold lake. It was -5° outside and he didn’t think twice about saving the boy. He doesn’t believe that he did anything special to help. But without his help the boy wouldn’t have survived the cold waters.

Lindsey Evans

Lindsey has been Head Teacher at Badby school since 2012.  The pupils enjoy an immense range of activities – Mrs Evans is always watching the performances, competitions and events including weekends and evenings.  She spends time in all of the classes and makes time to greet the pupils when they arrive in the morning, she sends a Christmas Card to each pupil and ensures that she knows each and every one of them.  She is very enthusiastic and supportive of her pupils (and families) and her staff making Badby School a fantastic place to work and learn.

Kristina Martin

Kristina is a Teaching Assistant and has been nominated for all the hard work given to Priors Hall Community School.  She spent many weekends, evenings/after-school hours dedicated to making an outdoor learning space for the pupils.  After she was successful in getting a grant for a large wooden shed to use as an outdoor classroom she then raised money for paint, soil, seeds etc.  She installed the shed with minimal support and was incredibly resourceful getting donations and materials an array of diverse businesses to get the project finished and decorated and every business that donated received a visual “thankyou” from Kristina with a selection of photographs of the project’s progress and its completion so that they could see how their money and materials had been used.

Vicki Wilson

Vicki has worked as a member of the Wellingborough School estates team – endlessly cheerful and going above and beyond her role which involves painting around the School and working on the gardens and grounds.  Vicki got her horticulture qualification in her own time by attending night school and won Apprentice of the Year  whilst attaining her decorating qualifications and is a talented painter/decorator.  Vicki takes a real interest in the life of the School and wellbeing of the pupils and staff, she never expects any special treatment or recognition.  She helps the Nursery children with their planting, supports pupils encouraging their charity fundraising; buying their homemade cakes etc.  She often works on a Saturday when she is needed. Vicki contributes a lot to the wider community – she is working on the School’s forthcoming homeless night shelter at the Embankment and volunteers at the Homeless Forum’s meal service in her spare time.  Vicki has also carried out plant sales to benefit Cransley Hospice and has been part of the School’s charitable outreach – decorating rooms at the cancer hospices in Kettering and Northampton.

Russian Supplementary School of Northampton – Ecaterina Morton

5 years ago Ecaterina started the RSSON – to allow Russian speaking children to have the opportunity to speak their mother tongue and socialise with people of their own age.  As the school grew, more subjects were added and from having only a few in the whole school this has now grown to over 60 pupils that all enjoy themselves and learn something new each week.  Ecaterina’s relentless pursuit of creating a secure foundation for so many children to grow into independent and successful people deserves recognition.  She sacrificed many Fridays and weekends volunteering, teaching, preparing, adminsitration and ensuring that the RSSON is the best it can possibly be.  The school is not just a school, it is a community which the children are proud to be part of.

Sian Haigh – Simon de Senlis Primary School

Sian runs a special needs unit and always puts colleagues and students before herself. She is always on hand to give advice and help and really cares. Sian is always thoughtful and goes above and beyond for the wellbeing of the children in her care and their families. Her work changes the lives of many children particularly those in the school with communication needs. Sian supports them and other staff who work with them to help develop ways to communicate which means the children are more independent and able to access learning and social situations that may not have otherwise been possible.

Antony Whitheyman – Weedon Bec Primary School

In uncertain times in education, Antony provides sheer inspiration to pupils and staff alike.
When teaching is becoming trickier and requiring more and more he gives more and more back.
His level of understanding and professional trust in his staff is second to none.
He adores the children and sees each and every one as an individual; he looks after the wellbeing of the children fantastically well.

Siobhan McMahon – Barry Road Primary School

Siobhan is a Year 1 teacher at Barry Road Primary School.  She is a tremendous support to her pupils and their families – offering endless help and assistance