Jamelia celebrates Julie scoring top teaching accolade
PUBLISHED: 06:11 19 October 2006 | UPDATED: 09:54 31 May 2010
A TEACHER from Saffron Walden is on top of the world after being named the best primary school teacher in the UK at a prestigious awards ceremony. Julie Puxley, 27, of Greenways, was presented with her trophy by pop star Jamelia at the RA Butler Infant Sc
A TEACHER from Saffron Walden is on top of the world after being named the best primary school teacher in the UK at a prestigious awards ceremony.
Julie Puxley, 27, of Greenways, was presented with her trophy by pop star Jamelia at the RA Butler Infant School last Tuesday and attended the National Teaching Awards gala at the Theatre Royal in London on Sunday which was televised on BBC Two.
Mrs Puxley, who left RA Butler after three years to become deputy headteacher at Elsenham Primary School in September, was stunned to win the coveted prize.
"It feels absolutely amazing to be the best primary teacher in the country and I'm still totally shocked," she said.
"I'm sure it will dawn on me in the next couple of days just what it means to have won, but at the moment I'm completely stunned by it all."
The maths and music teacher, who made the national final after winning the East of England heat in July, said being nominated was almost as good as winning.
"It was a completely amazing and humbling experience to be nominated by my colleagues in the first place, as it shows they think I'm a good teacher," she said.
"We were all crying when I said my goodbyes in the summer as RA Butler is a wonderful school, but it was nice to have to go back and be filmed teaching my former pupils for the BBC cameras last week."
It was then that a shocked Mrs Puxley received her award from singer Jamelia, who the teacher said it was an honour to meet.
"The director said we would have to film some bits again and it was then that Jamelia walked in and all the children started clapping and cheering," she said.
"She was absolutely lovely and was really warm and kind to the children and it was real privilege to meet and speak to her."
Mrs Puxley, who is married to James and gives respite care to an autistic boy once a month, is not going to let her new found fame go to her head.
"I know that the award will look great on my CV, but I'm only 27 and have just started a new job so I'm going to enjoy my prize for a good while yet before making any new career plans," she said.
RA Butler's headteacher Gail Mawson said: "Julie is an exceptional teacher and was a joy to work with.
"Every element of her work testifies to the high calibre of her teaching style and her understanding of how children learn best."
Lord Puttnam, who established the Teaching Awards in 1998, said: "The future of every child on the planet rests on our ability to invest in building an educated global society.
"Teachers, teaching assistants and school governors make an exceptional contribution to that objective every day of their working lives. As a nation, we should be fantastically proud of them.