Teacher Stevens hits the right notes with Norbury Manor choir

Norbury Manor music teacher Emma Stevens was last week named Inspirational Teacher of the Year at the Jack Petchey Foundation Awards, staged by the Evening Standard.

Emma Stevens receives her trophy, accompanied by Norbury Manor’s head, Amanda Compton, with education secretary Damian Hinds and Gideon Osborne (right)

Stevens leads the school choirs at Norbury Manor, which in the recent past have performed at the Royal Albert Hall and toured in Barcelona.

Former members of the Norbury Manor school choir who have been taught by Stevens include Grammy nominee and Coldplay support act Lianne La Havas, as well as Roxanne Tataei – “Rox”.

Stevens was presented with the award, together with a cheque for £1,000, by the Education Secretary, Damien Hinds, and Gideon Osborne, the “editor” of the Standard.

Amanda Compton, Norbury Manor’s headteacher, said: “Emma is a worthy winner after all the work she has put into delivering quality music provision in this school and inspiring our students.

Lianne La Havas: performed at the Albert Hall with the choir from her old school

“I know the money will come in useful for the Music Department and for this we extend our gratitude not only to Emma but to the Jack Petchey Foundation.”

Also in the money  among the winners was Wallington Country Grammar, from Sutton, who won outstanding academic achievement awards.

Every pupil passed at least five good GCSEs including English and maths, one of a handful of London schools to achieve this. It also recorded a very high “progress 8” score, which is the government’s new headline measure for judging schools. The school was rated as outstanding by Ofsted in its latest inspection in 2017.

Inspectors noted that attainment is very high, reflecting “not only the selective nature and high entry requirements of the school and sixth form, but also the exceptional progress that pupils make”.

Wallington boys’ grammar is part of the Folio Trust which runs Coombe Wood School in South Croydon.

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