Golden delight with teaching recognition

Alan Strachan with his Gold Plato Lifetime Achievement Award.
Alan Strachan with his Gold Plato Lifetime Achievement Award.

A Wallsend teacher has earned a high-profile national award for his significant contribution to teaching.

Alan Strachan, whose career at Churchill Community College has spanned 36 years, secured the UK Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Pearson Teaching Awards.

Alan won the UK Gold Award for his work with students and teachers, and was presented with a ‘Gold Plato’.

His roles have included head of physics, head of sixth form and assistant headteacher, and is currently Director of Extended Services working for the Wallsend Partnership of Schools

Alan said: “This award is for everybody working to support the young people of Wallsend and is recognition of the groundbreaking work being done by the Wallsend Partnership of Schools and the support received from North Tyneside Local Authority.

“But above all it recognises the outstanding contribution being made by the staff and children at Churchill Community College.”

Churchill headteacher David Baldwin added: “Alan is a passionate, engaging and inspirational professional whose vision is that young people should get the best education possible.”

“He has had a tremendous transformational impact that has benefited students, their families and the community he has served so well over the years and his outstanding success is the result of his dedication and commitment to supporting young people in the Wallsend area.

“Students are at the heart of everything he does and he continually strives to provide an education of the highest quality coupled with the supportive care that will give them the best start in life. His career is testament to this and we are tremendously proud to have him as a member of our team here at Churchill.”

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “We are exceptionally proud that a North Tyneside teacher has been named as one of the very best in the country.

“I have known Alan for many years and have experienced first-hand how he strives to get the very best from each and every young person he works with.

“It is fantastic that his lifetime of commitment to teaching has been recognised in such a high-profile way, and this award is very well-deserved.”