Principal at Ormiston Venture Academy shortlisted for Education’s Oscars

  17 April, 2020

At a time when schools are doing more than ever to support their communities, teachers across the country have discovered they have been shortlisted for Education’s Oscars.

Selected from thousands of nominations, Simon Gilbert-Barnham, Principal of Ormiston Venture Academy in Great Yarmouth is one of 87 extraordinary shortlisted nominees from lecturers, school staff and schools who have been entered for the prestigious Pearson National Teaching Awards. 

Simon Gilbert-Barnham was nominated for a Silver Award for working tirelessly in a community to build a school that levels the playing field for many, and ensures a sense of social justice and opportunity for all students in his coastal community.

Simon Gilbert-Barnham is in the running to be one of the Silver Award winners and will then compete to win one of just 14 Gold Awards, which will be announced at the televised UK ceremony later in the year, broadcast on the BBC as ‘Britain’s Classroom Heroes’.  

The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of exceptional teachers, founded in 1998 by Lord David Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they teach. 

Students and parents can show their appreciation for their amazing teachers, who are supporting children across the country in incredibly challenging conditions, by sending them a Thank You card for free via the Thank a Teacher campaign at

Simon Gilbert-Barnham said:

”I am truly honoured. The passion and dedication to ensure our children receive a truly World Class education is exceptional from everyone in our community. It is lovely to be nominated but I can honestly say that I am so proud of our exceptional and amazing community in which I have the pleasure of being a part of each and every day.

“This nomination truly is in recognition of a team ethos that is focused on working together with children, giving them the best education and enabling exciting futures.” 

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK, said: 

“Congratulations to every one of our teachers, lecturers and school staff who have been shortlisted for a Silver Award. At a time of unprecedented challenge, schools across the country are stepping up and playing a vital role for the wellbeing of our pupils and their families, and it is only right that we take this opportunity to say thank you.

“At Pearson we are delighted to support these Awards every year and to recognise and celebrate teachers for their commitment, dedication and passion.”

See also the City of Norwich School National Teaching Award story.

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