Mrs Marie Lindsay – Silver Award for Lifetime Achievement

++ Saint Mary's College headteacher wins Silver Award in The Award for Lifetime Achievement ++

++ Marie Lindsay honoured as schools across the country celebrate Thank a Teacher Day to highlight families’ gratitude to school staff ++

Selected from thousands of nominations, Marie Lindsay has been honoured as one of 102 Pearson National Teaching Silver Award winners across the country. Marie Lindsay was honoured with a Silver Award in The Award for Lifetime Achievement for their outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children they work with every day.

Marie Lindsay has devoted her 35 year career as an educator to inspiring generations of young women in the city of Derry and beyond. Her leadership of St Mary’s College has had a life changing impact on her pupils, their families and the wider community, and the school is recognised as one of the highest performing all ability secondary schools in Northern Ireland.    The Most Reverend Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry comments that “Marie has been an outstanding leader, inspiring young women in an urban environment to expect the highest level of success humanly and professionally.”

This outstanding journey is underpinned by the innovative ways that Marie engaged pupils, parents, business and educational communities and empowered staff in driving continuous improvement, embracing the Shared Education Programme aimed at overcoming religious and cultural divisions in Northern Ireland. In the most challenging of circumstances Marie has built an enormous strong and resilient school community.

Acting Principal, Mr Brendan McGinn states “We as a school community could not be prouder of Marie on achieving the Pearson Silver Award in the Award for Lifetime Achievement. It is a true privilege to be able to celebrate her enormous contribution to education. We just happen to the lucky ones in having had such a wonderful leader at St Mary's College.”

Marie Lindsay has now been shortlisted to win one of just 15 Gold Awards later in the year, in a programme which will be broadcast on the BBC. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the exceptional school staff who have worked wonders during an incredibly challenging time for educators across the country.

The Silver Award winners are being honoured as part of the wider celebrations for ‘Thank a Teacher Day’, a national campaign to honour and recognise school staff for their incredible work. The celebrations follow new data which shows how the previous year’s lockdowns have significantly changed how families across the country view the role of teachers.

New research from Parentkind and The Teaching Awards Trust highlights that three in four parents and carers have a newfound respect for the teaching profession following their experiences of remote learning during lockdown. 74.9% of survey respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they had more respect for the work that teachers do following their family’s experiences of remote learning.

The last year has seen a wealth of stories of teachers making care visits to vulnerable families, coming up with innovative ways of remote teaching, keeping their pupils settled by regularly checking in and even using their school sites for Covid-19 testing when classes did return to school. There has never been a better time to appreciate them and the vital work they do.

The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of excellence in education, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they work with. This year marks its 22nd year of celebrating, award-winning teachers, teaching assistants, headteachers and lecturers across the UK

Sir Michael Morpurgo, celebrated author and former Children’s Laureate, and President of the Teaching Awards Trust, said: “Thank a Teacher Day gives us all a chance - children, families, all of us - to pay tribute to those wonderful educators who change more lives than they will ever know. Today we say thank you to the teachers who have helped our young people navigate these most difficult of times, and who will continue to inspire countless young minds over the coming years.”

Sharon Hague, Senior Vice President of Schools at Pearson UK, said: “After a year like no other we want to take today to say thank you to all the incredible school staff who have kept children and young people learning despite unprecedented challenges. We hope the celebrations today show how much you are appreciated, and that your hard work has not gone unnoticed nor unrecognised.”

Mrs Marie Lindsay Winner of the Silver Pearson Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Mrs Marie Lindsay and Head Girl Kate Gallagher presenting the Silver Pearson Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Mrs Marie Lindsay and Head Girl Kate Gallagher presenting the Silver Pearson Award for Lifetime Achievement.

The Board of Governors St. Mary’s College with Pearson Silver Award Winner Mrs Marie Lindsay. Mrs Delma Boggs (Governor), Mr Brendan McGinn (Principal), Kate Gallagher (Head Girl), Mrs Marie Lindsay, Bishop Donal McKeown, Mr Gavin Molloy (Teacher Governor) Mrs Gay Durkan (Chairperson)

Mr Brendan McGinn Principal and Mrs Marie Lindsay Winner of the Silver Pearson Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Mr Brendan McGinn (Principal), Mrs Roisin Rice (Acting Vice Principal), Mrs Marie Lindsay, Mrs Katrina Kealey (Acting Vice Principal) and Ms Yvonne Connolly (Senior Teacher)

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