Principal nominated as Teacher of the Year
The principal of St George’s Academy, Paul Watson, has been nominated in the Teacher of the Year category in the town awards. Due to leave the academy this summer, Mr Watson came to the school in the autumn of 1998, taking over from retiring principal John Hodgson, seeking to make it a flagship in education for the whole country. It would be a training centre for teachers and non-teachers using the leading methods of teaching, Information Technology and the ways to deal with students.
Mr Watson had been something of a teaching pioneer and troubleshooter for much of his career. He helped establish the new Lincoln School of Science and Technology as deputy head in 1992. He was later seconded to Middlefield School in Gainsborough as acting deputy head and then head teacher. He had been attracted to St. George’s by the high quality of staff and students and first class facilities.
The sixth form wing has been greatly developed as part of the town’s Joint Sixth Form and a new sports hall was soon built and Mr Watson still found time to take a few history lessons. He said: “I say that you can’t claim teaching is important without doing it yourself.” He adds: “We are fortunate to be working in one of the best education environments in the country.” “We have a mix of very modern and listed buildings set in the midst of 32 acres of mature parkland, which provides a wonderful setting for our educational work. The whole site is networked and our staff and students always have access to the very latest technology: we even have our own car driving simulator!” “Within this environment we strive to provide a world class education for all our students.”
Under his leadership the Academy now has over 1,600 students on roll at the main site and around 350 on the Ruskington site. A £20 million building programme has just been completed and has added significantly to the already very good facilities. He is responsible for more than 150 teachers and a full range of support staff. The staff turnover at the Academy is very low, as is the staff absence.
The ethos of the Academy is summarised in its motto “Aiming High” to achieve the best for every individual child in all aspects of their education to take a responsible place in society.
[Source: Sleaford Standard]