Double Award win at Goodwin Academy

Double Award win at Goodwin Academy

Goodwin Academy, Deal celebrates teachers’ amazing success at Kent Teacher of the Year awards.

Cate Hayes-Watkins and Kirsty Gaythwaite were selected from hundreds of teachers around Kent and presented with four awards from the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards. Cate was honoured with the Dover District Drama Teacher of the Year and the Overall Secondary School Teacher of the Year. While Kirsty took home the Dover District Maths Teacher of the Year and Overall Maths Teacher of the Year Award.

Talking about the teachers individually, Assistant Principal Rachel Moon said; “Cate Hayes Watkins is at the core of Goodwin Academy, leading the Staff Wellbeing Team, writing and directing the annual school panto as well as driving the creative outreach programme within the community.

Cate truly believes in the saying “the show must go on”. What is most inspiring about Cate is her energy and want for all to have the opportunity to have an experience of the arts.”

Rachel added, “The Performing Arts Department, through the relationship that Cate has built up with the artistic community, both locally and regionally has enabled the school to become involved with community projects such as Laban Dance, a National Jazz company who will be using us as a satellite school as well as Deal Festival who run weekly cross generational music workshops.

“None of the aforementioned would be in place if it was not for Cate’s drive and passion and this is on top of her leading the Performing Arts department as well as a full teaching timetable.”

Cate consistently embraces the strategies that are introduced to the school, involving herself in being a mentor for both trainee and newly qualified teachers. The Award-winner also embodies what it is to be a committed teacher, she shows the young people around her that if you want something to happen then you can make it happen, that if you work as part of a team you can achieve great things that can benefit more than just you.

Winning an award alongside Cate was Kirsty Gaythwaite. Kirsty initially joined the school as a learning support assistant to help vulnerable pupils, and was quickly identified as having a talent for teaching mathematics. She continued to work at the school while studying in evenings and weekends for her diploma in education, and since qualifying as a teacher has continued to put in immense amounts of work to ensure her students succeed.

Rachel says: “Even though Kirsty is an NQT she is a member of the staff thinking drive team. Kirsty models best practice to staff through lesson study, mentors embedding teachers on the use of thinking tools, runs staff drop in sessions and has delivered whole staff training on the implementation of thinking.”

Kirsty has also recently taken on an unpaid role of Head of House. Kirsty’s house is Curie. This involves Kirsty working with 5 form tutors from years 7-11 and a total of 150 students. As part of this role Kirsty delivers assemblies, drives the house ethos, plans house events, creates tutor time activities, celebrates students being their BEST and supports the house charity healthy minds by organising charity events.

The Goodwin Academy team and students are so proud of these two amazing teachers, and appreciate all that they do.

Goodwin Academy is a vibrant and engaging key stage 3-5 mixed academy based in the heart of Deal. Sponsored by the Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT), Goodwin Academy is part of a family of schools in Kent, Medway and Portsmouth. There are currently 17 academies in the trust including secondary and primary schools. TSAT is a successful and rapidly growing trust, ranked as the highest performing academy trust in the country for 2018 at KS4. It has high expectations for all academies, setting ambitious targets for pupils learning and progress.

The Kent Teacher of the Year awards are run by KMFM and Canterbury Christ Church University and were created to honour the tireless unsung heroes of our schools – the teachers.