Yardley headteacher handed top award - The Solihull Observer

Yardley headteacher handed top award

Solihull Editorial 23rd Jun, 2024   0

A YARDLEY headteacher has been handed a top award.

Jason Bridges, who oversees the running at at Cockshut Hill School was honoured with a Silver Award in The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School at the Pearson National Teaching Awards.

He was bestowed the honour for his outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children he works with every day.

The school held a special assembly to celebrate his win with his family in attendance, along with members of the local community including Helen Walker, vice president of technology at Pearson and Michelle Storer, director for partnerships and MATs, from Hays as well as parents and the school’s chair of Governors.

Jason has now been shortlisted to win one of Pearson’s Gold Awards; Gold winners will be announced in November and will be invited to appear on the BBC’s The One Show.

He became principal of Cockshut Hill in 2016 – returning to a place with strong personal ties, as the school his own mother attended.




Then, the school was just out of special measures, but Jason’s infectious determination to ensure Cockshut Hill lived up to its motto of Nothing But The Best and a leadership style heralded the start of his journey which culminating in an Ofsted Good last year.

Natalie Hagan, assistant principal for teaching and learning also received a Silver Award in the Digital Innovator category.


The award recognises those standout individuals who lead the way by using digital technologies creatively within their education communities to improve teaching and learning outcomes.

Natalie received the award due to her pioneering excellence in using IT to improve processes and procedures across the trust and for increasing wellbeing via the use of technology in the classroom.

Vince Green, chief executive of Summit Learning Trust said: “Congratulations to Jason Bridges and Natalie Hagan from everyone at Summit Learning Trust.

“To achieve Silver Pearson Awards is a massive achievement and it just goes to prove what we already know; that Jason is a fantastic headteacher who goes above and beyond for his staff members and learners day in and day out and that Natalie has completed some brilliant, pioneering work as a digital innovator.

“We will all keep our fingers crossed for the Gold Awards in November. For Cockshut Hill School to already have two Silver Award winners is very special indeed.”

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