Teacher Cathy Abrahams at Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech achieves top class results to win new role
A Fenland teacher who has achieved a 100 per cent pass rate for her students has been designated as a specialist leader of education.
The new role means Cathy Abrahams, who is head of humanities at the Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech, will now be helping other local teachers achieve the same high standards.
Mrs Abrahams, who has been at the school for the past three years, will continue in her current role while working with other schools in the area. She is the first teacher at the TCA to achieve the status.
Specialist leaders of education is a Government initiative aimed at improving schools and ensuring experienced leaders have an impact beyond their own schools.
As part of the rigorous application process, Mrs Abrahams had to demonstrate the impact she has made in improving outcomes at A-Level. Since she was appointed as head of humanities three years ago, the percentage of A* - C grades achieved in A-Level history has been 100 per cent. At Mrs Abrahams’ previous school, she helped to achieve equally impressive results in GCSE history – 92 per cent at A* - Cgrades, with 39 per cent A* or A grade.
Now, as a Fenland A Level subject expert, Mrs Abrahams will work with humanities teachers at other Fenland schools to support the delivery of A-Level history.
She will share best practice and resources, offer guidance and mentor staff. The aim is for the four schools to work as a network and to become a hub of best practice in this subject area.
Mrs Abrahams said: “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to be able to work with colleagues from other Fenland schools and to help have a positive impact on outcomes. Hopefully we can replicate the good work we’ve accomplished here, in other schools. TCA will also benefit as we’ll have SLEs from other Fenland schools coming here too.
“If I can demonstrate high expectations and ambition for myself, that’s such a positive message for our students. I want our students to be proud of the leaders and staff at their school, as we are of them.
“For me, it's all about the students. Whatever decision I make is based on what is best for them. We have to keep reminding our students how amazing they are and instilling that self-belief in them.”
Associate principal Richard Scott said: “It is fabulous for the school to have its first SLE and is a testament to Cathy’s dedication and hard work. I am also pleased that she will be able to share her deep knowledge and expertise with other schools for the benefit of other students in the area.”
Mrs Abrahams will be supported in her new role by the East Anglian Schools’ Teaching Alliance, which is led by Notre Dame High School in Norwich.