WINNER: Rachael McNair, Meadow Brook, SaxmundhamEducational Leader of the Year - winner

Rachael joined Meadow Brook in 2014. Her impact was felt almost immediately and her professionalism and passion for early years is infectious. Meadow Brook is a small, community based early years setting that grew out of local need. Rachael’s experience and vision has given the setting financial stability, and has enabled them to open up provision to offer full daycare services five days a week. She ensures that her staff receive training and opportunities to develop, is always available to talk to families and carers, and offers support and help to other nurseries.

Shortlisted Finalists

  • Clare Flintoff, Ipswich Primary Academies Trust

Clare has been instrumental in setting up the Ipswich Primary Academies Trust. She has bought staff together from the three schools to collaborate, share practice and raise standards. As Headteacher of St Helen’s Primary, she has built bridges with local communities to ensure that children are in school and being educated, and her work with Whitton and The Oaks primaries is showing a significant impact. Clare shows tenacity, drive and determination to raise standards, and has been actively involved in setting up links with local universities, businesses and finding opportunities to raise aspiration within the community.

  • Georgina Ellis, Churchill Special Free School, Haverhill

Georgina has been Headteacher of Churchill Special Free School since it opened in September 2013. She works tirelessly alongside her team to inspire and guide pupils to achieve well despite their significant difficulties, and shows drive, passion, commitment and relentless pursuit of the highest outcomes for her pupils. Georgina leads by example, is extremely hard working and caring, recognises everyone’s efforts and is supportive and encouraging. She led her team to achieve an outstanding Ofsted judgement in July 2015, an achievement that earned the school a mention in Sir Michael Wilshaw’s Annual Report.