WINNER: Sarah-Louise Neesam, West Suffolk CollegeExcellence in Middle Leadership - winner

Sarah-Louise started working at West Suffolk College in September 2001 as the Student Welfare Manager, and has been having a positive impact on young people at the college ever since. Sarah-Louise and her team support nearly 1,200 individuals each year, which results in around 3,000 interventions. She champions the opportunities for Looked After Children and care leavers who study at the college, and is pivotal in supporting young people with mental health difficulties. She is an outstanding individual who is always there to offer comfort and advice to help staff and students deal with their issues.

Shortlisted Finalists

  • Andrew Adamson, West Suffolk College

Andrew took over the School of Business, Accounting and Tourism two years ago, and has taken the department from requires improvement to outstanding. Student retention, achievement and success are now high; both against college and national standards. Staff and student morale is up, and the practices within the school are now being used as the template for other areas of the college. He has bought about cultural change within the school, and courses have been redesigned and shaped around the needs and wants of the students. Andrew inspires not only his students but also his team, who feel valued and supported.

  • Donna Ford, St Gregory’s CEVC Primary School, Sudbury

Donna is an exceptional maths leader whose professionalism, expertise and enthusiasm for her subject, and for learning in general, has a huge impact on the school. Under Donna’s leadership, results at Key Stage 2 improved markedly in mathematics last year. She worked tirelessly to support teachers with their planning, using the school’s data to identify target groups for support. As maths leader, Donna has had a positive impact on every year group in the school. She also helps to develop staff at other schools, as well as working in partnership with other settings on the Education Exchange programme to support a charity in Kenya.