The Pearson Teaching Awards

Celebrating transformational teaching

Gold Winners

Joy Ballard

Willows High School

The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School

CARDIFF, WALES

Joy is an outstanding Headteacher who has brought new life to a school which needed a fresh vision
to improve the lives of its pupils and its community. Her own poor experience of school gave her an
insight into the challenges facing young people and a passion for providing truly transformational
educational opportunities. She is committed to helping every student realise their full potential, epitomised in her ethos, that every child “Belong, Believe, Achieve”. The success she has now achieved
is outstanding. As one child said, “A few years ago, it was definitely not cool to do well at our school. Now we all help each other”.