Ellington Infant School teacher celebrated at Kent Teacher of the Year awards

Danielle Sedgewick was named Early Career Teacher winner

A teacher at Ellington Infant School was honoured at the recent Kent Teacher of the Year awards.

Danielle Sedgewick, a teacher of Year 1 children at Ellington, was named as the top Early Career Teacher in the Thanet region during the ceremony at Ashford International Hotel.

Early Career Teachers (ECTs) are teachers who are in their first two years of teaching following qualification.

This is the second year in a row that adults from Ellington have received honours at the annual awards ceremony, with the school’s librarian team scooping the overall Kent School Volunteers of the Year prize at last year’s event.

Danielle, team and class at a session with author Kes Gray

Danielle said: “I was ecstatic when I received the letter and was overwhelmed that I had been nominated. The event was fantastic and it was so nice to meet the other winners from around Kent and hear about their achievements. I would not have been able to receive this award without the support and guidance of all the team at Ellington.”

Headteacher Adnan Ahmet added: “I was very happy to learn that Mrs Sedgewick had been nominated for a Kent Teacher of the Year award, and even more delighted that she was named ECT of the year in the Thanet region.

“She has worked so hard all year to ensure that the needs of the children in her class are met and has developed an excellent relationship with both children and parents and carers, allowing the children to flourish.

“Following on from Ellington’s success at last year’s awards as well, I am very pleased that our team is getting the recognition they deserve.”