Celebrating Excellence: Emily Gyimah Wins Silver Award for Head Teacher of the Year

We are thrilled to announce that Emily Gyimah, Executive Principal at Haberdashers’ Hatcham Primary, has been honoured with the Silver Award for Head Teacher of the Year in a Primary School at the National Pearson Teaching Awards. This prestigious accolade recognises Emily's outstanding leadership and dedication to fostering a nurturing and inclusive environment for our pupils.

Emily's journey to this award is a testament to her unwavering commitment to educational excellence and her deep-rooted passion for supporting every child in achieving their full potential. Her leadership has transformed Hatcham Primary into a beacon of excellence, serving a diverse urban community with dedication and purpose.

Reflecting on her achievement, Emily said:

I am deeply honoured by this nomination and receiving the silver award is an unexpected and significant recognition. This award is not just for me, but for my wonderful team who deserve equal recognition. I am the Headteacher I am today because of their dedication and support. Together, we are committed to making a positive impact on the children in our community.


A Testament to Dedication and Teamwork

Emily's leadership philosophy is centred around inclusivity and empowerment. Under her guidance, Hatcham Primary has earned the Inclusion Quality Mark Award, showcasing her vision of creating a safe and welcoming environment for all pupils. Her approach is evident in the school's vibrant atmosphere, where diversity is celebrated, and every child's heritage is honoured.

The impact of Emily's leadership extends beyond academic achievements. The school's recent 'Good with Outstanding features' rating from Ofsted highlights the exceptional curriculum and high expectations she has established. Ofsted noted: 

School leaders are highly ambitious for all pupils. The school’s curriculum is very well thought out. Subject leaders have meticulously mapped out the key knowledge and subject-specific vocabulary and skills they want pupils to learn and when they should learn it.


Emily's Inspirational Journey

Growing up in the local area, Emily has always been committed to ensuring that every child succeeds through hard work, determination, and self-belief. Her dedication is reflected in the school's remarkable progress, with KS2 results placing Hatcham Primary in the top 1% nationally for reading and maths progress.

Emily's influence extends beyond the school gates. As Executive Head Teacher within the Haberdashers' Academies Trust South, she has provided crucial support to other schools during challenging times. Her advocacy for staff well-being and professional development has created a culture of collaboration and growth.

Jan Shadick, CEO at Haberdashers’ Academies Trust South said:

Emily has a way of making everyone feel welcome and included and is an excellent role model for our children. She always goes the extra mile to ensure pupils believe in themselves and work hard. She talks with passion about her journey and her mission as a Principal. Emily is supported by a great team at Hatcham Primary and this award reflects their commitment to her and to the school. Congratulations to Emily and the Hatcham Primary team.


Looking Ahead

Emily is now in the running for the coveted Gold Award, which will be announced at a special ceremony later this year. This recognition is not just a personal achievement but a celebration of the entire Hatcham Primary community. Emily's leadership has shaped an environment where pupils feel valued and empowered, and her legacy of excellence and inclusivity continues to inspire.

Join us in congratulating Emily Gyimah on this incredible achievement and in wishing her the best of luck for the Gold Award. We are immensely proud of her and the positive impact she has made on our school and Trust community.