Former St John Rigby College and Lowton High School student Martyn Dutton was named ‘Primary Teacher of the Year 2016’ at the prestigious Educate Awards ceremony at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on Friday 18th November.
Martyn was nominated by a parent of one of his pupils, and judges commented that he was the ‘perfect example of a teacher going above and beyond the call of duty.’
The pupil in question has epilepsy and Martyn goes out of his way to ensure the child is included in every activity. The child’s mother credited Martyn with giving her son “the best educational start in life”.
Martyn Dutton stated, “I wouldn’t have been here without St John Rigby College, I gained so much knowledge from the exceptional teachers who gave me endless support.”
“During my exams I had to deal with the bereavement of a close family member. The care and support I received whist at the college enabled me to achieve exceptional grades in my A levels and go on to follow my dream career in education.”
College Principal Peter McGhee said, “St John Rigby College is a special place and an inspirational college where we strive to provide outstanding opportunities for our students and to maximise their potential. What is truly inspiring as a principal is to see former students like Martyn going forward to inspire the next generation of teachers and learners.”
For students wanting to follow in Martyn’s footsteps, SJR offers a range of A levels, BTEC courses and Elective Programmes to complement students’ studies and career aspirations. Our unique Elective Programmes are designed to give students a competitive advantage when applying to prestigious Universities. For careers in education our Teachers of Tomorrow programme offers activities which provide our students with a variety of skills beneficial to pursuing a career in education.