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Cudworth Headteacher Shortlisted For National Award

Wednesday March 20 2013

Julie Allen Julie Allen

A CUDWORTH primary school headteacher has been shortlisted for a teaching award.

Birkwood Primary School's Julie Allen beat off competition from more than 24,000 teachers and school workers nominated for this year's Pearson Teaching Awards.

Julie said: "I was thrilled, embarrassed and humbled to find out that I had been nominated by one of our parents."

The awards are open to every school in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

She was put forward for the award by parent Steve Borrowdale with support from Dan Wood, Julie's deputy, and the school community.

"We've had our best Ofsted outcomes and our best results at Key Stage Two level," Julie added. "I'm lucky I have a wonderful team of staff and support from the governors and parents, for which I'm very grateful."

If Julie is successful in her category, she will progress to the national finals later this year.

Results for the award will be announced on May 17.

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Reply Posted by nan on Wednesday March 20 2013 at 13:00
i have 4 grandkids at this school and in my opinion this school is head and shoulders above the rest of the schools in our area. everything mrs allen does is centered round the kids.the only thing this school does'nt do that others do is have a prom for the leavers, so how about it mrs allen lets have a prom dance for the leavers the kids would love it

Reply Posted by Simon Walsh on Friday March 22 2013 at 21:20
Glad Cudworth Head teachers are getting better. When I wasn't Pontefract Road School circa 1980 when Mr Hutchinson was head teacher I remember him walking into our classroom and calling some of the kids names out, including me and ask us to stand at one side of the room. He then said to rest of the kids still sat that we would never achieve anything in life. As an 8 year old that stays with you. How wrong he has been, although I am not a millionaire I have done very well for myself and more importantly I and my family are happy.

Reply Posted by Deborah on Friday March 22 2013 at 21:55
I disagree with proms, a disco fine, but a lot of parents just can't deal with the unnecessary expense of a prom. So glad I have boys!

Simon, that wasn't very nice to say to a kid! I had the same headteacher, and he was almost at retiring age when I was there, and he was lovely to us. Maybe he knew he was getting rid soon haha. Remember the Austin car he had? That thing was immaculate!

Reply Posted by gaynor on Saturday March 23 2013 at 19:37
My son attended Birkwood nursery for 18mths and like the rest of the staff Mrs Allen was lovely. Very welcoming and warm natured, always time for an 'hello' or a 'good morning' and it was genuine too. She made her presence felt within the school and foundation unit and she is exactly what makes a good head teacher. My son attended a different school but Il always have fond memories of a his time at Birkwood nursery. They are all stars and Ethans memories are fond ones too. Good luck Mrs Allen :)

Reply Posted by polly + simon on Saturday March 23 2013 at 22:14
I'm thrilled to have heard this news..my 8 yr old son attended this school from nursery to the beginning of year 3 when we moved home...although his new school is fantastic we still have very fond memories of Birkwood and we talk about Mrs Allen often...since she became Head there she has strived to improve upon all areas that are important to children including raising standards in behaviour, autonomy, and self esteem aswell as reading, writing and numeracy...she was just what the school needed. I wish her all the best, no-one deserves this award more than she does.

Reply Posted by lukes nan on Sunday March 24 2013 at 12:20
i went to Birkwood school over 50 years ago and i wish Mrs Allan had been our head teacher.. She is a top head , always smiling speaks to everyone and make children, parents and even us grandparents welcome , the most important thing in mrs Allans life is the children of Birkwood school. i wish her all the best and as Polly says she desrves this award ,,, GOOD LUCK MRS ALLAN we are all behind you xxxxxxxx

Reply Posted by Steve Borrowdale on Thursday May 16 2013 at 18:20
Okay, it's May 16th, and we are all on tenterhooks for Mrs. Allen. No matter what happens tomorrow, she deserves all applause for the work she has done at Birkwood. She, and all her staff deserve more credit than could ever be offered. And if Julie and the school go no further, I will personally nominate her, and the school, year after year, until they all get the recognition they deserve!! Good luck Julie x