We are delighted with the news that following judging, Dr Tom Horler-Underwood, Head of Sixth Form, has been shortlisted for a 2018 Wiltshire Life Award in the Teacher of the Year category.

This award will be given to a teacher who goes the extra mile in ensuring children and young people of Wiltshire get the best possible start in life. Be it in a pre-school, pre-prep, primary, prep, secondary or 6th Form setting. The judges this year were looking for someone who has a passion for what they do and puts their pupils at the centre of their work. 

Tom was delighted with the news and said, “I was very humbled to have been nominated for this award, and am very honoured to have been shortlisted. I really do feel that I have the luckiest job in the School, as I get to work with some fantastic pupils and am supported by such a wonderful team of tutors and support staff. Working with the Sixth Form, I get to help them make some of the most important decisions in their young lives, and it is a genuine privilege to do this for such enthusiastic, engaged and determined individuals.

The Headmaster commented on Tom's nomination, “Tom is a person who very much puts his pupils first. The key to being a fine teacher is to demonstrate to pupils that you care about them and put their interests first. Tom does this, both as a teacher and also as a quite outstanding head of sixth form. He is their champion. He is kind, compassionate, thoughtful and devoted to the pupils in his care. What more could any pupil want in a role model and teacher?”

This is a tremendous achievement against extremely tough competition this year – Tom is one of three teachers shortlisted for the award. The awards ceremony takes place on the 23rd March 2018 and we wish him the best of luck.