Simply the best!
Preston headteacher Shaun Jukes is definitely one in a million.
The top class boss of the city’s Sir Tom Finney High School has been named national secondary headteacher of the Year.
He scooped the award after being nominated for the North West heat in the Teacher of the Year Awards by staff.
After beating scores of other candidates he won the regional title and then found himself being inspected by national officials.
He was described as an exceptional leader of a secondary special school, driving the highest expectations for all his 140 students aged 11-19, their parents and staff.
Shaun received his award from Dame Doreen Lawrence at a glittering ceremony , which will be screened on BBC2 on Sunday.
Still in shock, the special school head said: “I was absolutely stunned and delighted. I went down as a regional winner and had no idea that I would be a winner.
“I am highly delighted for the whole school community. It is a real testament to everyone.
“My name is on the award but it is a result of the work done by everyone at this school over the last four or five years.”
Shaun, who started teaching 22 years ago has spent he bulk of his career working with special needs pupils and took over the reins at Sir Tom Finney when it was created from the merger of three special needs schools on the Moor Park campus in 2008.
He said receiving the accolade was “without doubt” the highlight of his career so far.
He was “thrilled” with judges comments on his leadership and said: “He sees potential in every young person, no matter the level of disability or the huge challenges they face.”
Staff said their boss has created a truly united and exemplary school from what could have been a difficult merger .
They love going to work – and say they’ve never worked so hard for anyone. Two years ago they received Team of Year award. The School Council say it’s all down to Mr Jukes - “The best headteacher ever.”
Last year the school received an outstanding accolade from Ofsted.