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Rising star - Lucy Ridyard


Glusburn Primary School in North Yorkshire, where Lucy is acting deputy head.


Lucy has only worked at Glusburn since September 2009 but has already made a big impact, even coming in during the summer holidays to manage contractors when a truck drove into the side of the school.

Lucy's specialism is ICT and she is a leading teacher in the subject for North Yorkshire County Council. She was part of the local authority team that set up North Yorkshire's virtual school, which means children in all schools will eventually have access to online learning and web-based resources and can submit homework online.

Each class has its own online classroom and parents can log on and look at their children's work and join forums to speak to the teacher.

Lucy has taken a leading role in community cohesion and is currently working on a project to link Glusburn with a partner school, and another scheme where sixth-form students from the local secondary school volunteer to lead small groups of young children.

She is popular among pupils and parents already, despite being less than a term into her career at Glusburn, and has been a huge support to the staff and the headteacher.

Nominated by?

Richard Hunt, head, who says: "Lucy would make an excellent head. She is incredibly supportive and gets on with things. Just knowing Lucy's there is a huge support to me. I hope she will enrol on the National Professional Qualification for Headship, as it would be great for her development, although I'm not in a hurry for her to leave."

Thanks to the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children's Services for nominating this week's rising star. Send in your one to watch to, including 300 words and a picture.

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