Careers - Rising star: Sue Walker
West Alvington Church of England Primary School, Devon, where Sue is head of teaching and learning.
Sue joined West Alvington three years ago as a senior teacher and became head of teaching and learning in September 2009 when the school was federated with nearby Charleton Church of England Primary School. She is also in charge of maths and assessment and has completed her National Professional Qualification for Headship.
Sue is committed, hardworking and very passionate about her job. In the three years she has spent at the school, she has dedicated herself to making the maths department the best it can be - taking it from satisfactory with good features to outstanding in its latest Ofsted inspection in October 2009.
Sue is an inspirational teacher and the children respect her. For Sue, the children come first in everything she does and she is constantly analysing their progress, making sure they get the best possible education.
She has a great ability to see the bigger picture for the school and is popular among staff and parents, as well as the pupils. Sue is also very proactive in the Exeter Diocese and the local community and is a school governor as well, making her a much-valued member of the team at West Alvington.
Rachel Perkins, executive headteacher, who says: "Sue is the backbone of West Alvington - she has such passion for everything she does. She has been supportive since we became part of a federation and I have complete faith in her ability to become a great headteacher. When Sue gets the chance to lead her own school, it'll be a very lucky school indeed."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, including 300 words and a picture.