AN INSPIRATIONAL Coventry teacher has won a silver award in the secondary school category of the Teacher of the Year competition.
Andrew Kyprianou, affectionately known as ‘Kyp’ at WMG Academy where he works, was honoured yesterday on National Thank A Teacher Day.
He was one of just 102 Pearson National Teaching Silver Award winners and was praised for his outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children they work with every day.
The citation added: “Kyp is an innovative teacher and tireless worker who demonstrates commitment to ensuring that every pupil feels valued and has the opportunity to achieve their best possible grades and ultimately reach their dream career.
“As part of his dedication to employer engagement, Kyp has developed relationships with companies including Jaguar Land Rover, National Grid, Bosch, Aston Martin, Sarginsons and Triumph Motorcycles, which work closely with WMG Academy students to offer them opportunities to work on real-world industry projects.
“Kyp sets high standards and supports those around him to drive the academy forward. His can-do attitude and cool head are assets to the school which would be a poorer place without him.”
He has developed relationships with organisations, including the Design and Technology Association, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the University of Warwick, to give his students the best experiences. And he has encouraged and supported his students to help them secure awards, bursaries and scholarships.
Kyp has now been shortlisted to win one of just 15 Gold Awards later in the year, in a programme which will be broadcast on the BBC.
Lousha Carey, 16, said: “Mr Kyp has motivated me from the day I started in Year 10 with my engineering work.
“When I had no faith myself he believed in me because he knew I had so much potential.
“Now that potential is shining through and I have so much more confidence and hope within myself that I can become the best female engineer there is.
“Being his student for three years now has changed my life!”
Kate Tague, Chief Executive Officer of WMG Academy Trust said everyone was delighted he had won the award.
“He has embraced the academy’s ‘business-like, business-led’ ethos from day one, going above and beyond to inspire young people to achieve their career goals and be the best they can be.”
Dr Elise Ecoff, Group Director of Education for Nord Anglia Education, said: “Congratulations to all the Silver Award winners on their fantastic achievement.
“The National Teaching Awards and Thank a Teacher Day is an important opportunity to recognise excellence in teaching and celebrate educators who are helping make a real difference to student learning through their passion and commitment.
“This has especially stood out in the last year with teachers using ingenuity, creativity and technology to inspire students.”
Sharon Hague, Senior Vice President of Schools at Pearson UK, said: “After a year like no other we want to take today to say thank you to all the incredible school staff who have kept children and young people learning despite unprecedented challenges.
“We hope the celebrations today show how much you are appreciated, and that your hard work has not gone unnoticed nor unrecognised.”
Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson said: “The hard work and dedication of teachers in schools, colleges and across the education sector during the pandemic has been inspiring, and while our teachers deserve the country’s recognition every year, this year’s Thank A Teacher Day is even more significant.
“The support they have provided children, young people and adults has been remarkable, and each and every one of us should be grateful for the part they have played over the past 18 months.
“Congratulations to all the Silver Award winning educators, and every teacher who has gone above and beyond, inspiring and shaping our future generations to be the best they can be.”