Rising star - Elizabeth Binks

9th October 2009 at 01:00


She's assistant headteacher at The Arthur's Hill Federation, Westgate Hill School, Newcastle.


Seven years ago Elizabeth Binks was working as a strategic contract manager for British Airways, buying support equipment for the airline. Both her parents were teachers and although she initially wanted a different career, she soon realised teaching was her true calling.

She completed her PGCE and became a fast-track teacher while still an NQT. She has just completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).

Elizabeth started at Westgate about a year ago when the school was in special measures. Westgate is a large primary in Newcastle with more than 400 pupils speaking 28 different languages. It recently federated with neighbouring Moorside Community Primary School and Elizabeth played a huge role in ensuring this went smoothly. She has succeeded in raising achievement and standards and motivating her fellow workmates and the children to achieve their best.

Elizabeth is involved in developing the staffing structure and uses her broad experience to her advantage.

Nominated by?

June Foster, executive headteacher and National Leader of Education, who says: "Elizabeth would be an amazing head. She is very considered, thorough and rational. She's a buoyant, well-respected member of the staff who is skilful at managing others and working as part of a team. She would have very big shoes to fill at Westgate."

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

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