A Gad’s teacher has been rated ‘Outstanding’ as he successfully gained his Qualified Teacher Status following a year of observation and study, both here at Gad’s Hill and on placement in a local secondary school.

Mr Benedict Harris, 24, achieved the highest recognition possible from the awarding body this year as he demonstrated considerable evidence of high standards in planning, teaching and assessment. The school also came in for praise for its support of newly-qualified members of staff, overseen by Lead Mentor, Dr Stephanie Burke – herself the recipient of a Doctorate in Education this year.

Following such a successful year, Mr Harris has been appointed permanently as a teacher primarily of Geography and PE and now looks forward to continuing to work with the classes that he has helped develop throughout the year.

Dr Burke said: “Being a training school brings enormous rewards to Gad’s Hill, with colleagues putting into practice the latest research and ideas for the benefit of our pupils. It takes a considerable effort to meet all the Teaching Standards, and for Benedict to do so to such an exemplary level is testament to his ability and commitment to the profession.”

Keen traveller, Benedict has lived much of his life in Nepal with his Army family,

The Rochester-based Aberystwyth and Greenwich University graduate has played football, cricket and rugby at county-level. He was also a member of his British international school’s CCF band, playing bagpipes and saxophone.

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