Peareswood Primary School are proud to share this press release from PLMR.

Erith school celebrates awards recognition for teaching excellence

Peareswood Primary School, on Peareswood Road, is celebrating the well-deserved recognition of two of their colleagues.

Kerry McCarthy was nominated for Teaching Assistant of the Year, an annual award from the organisation Teaching Personnel, in celebration of National Teaching Assistants Day. Kerry was nominated by teacher Shannon Summerskill, after working closely together to support their pupils throughout the extraordinary ‘lockdown’ school year. Shannon said she nominated Kerry “because she is an amazing support -- before I have even thought of what needs to be done, she has done it. She is so nurturing and supportive of the children and understands them as individuals. She is also amazingly creative. I couldn't do what I do day to day without her.”

Peareswood Primary School’s Head Teacher Carla Ferla, said, “Kerry is an outstanding practitioner, she’s amazing. She is incredibly nurturing and astute in terms of identifying any barriers children have and how to intervene for positive impact as a matter of course. She is so aligned to our team ethos for wellbeing and in her support for children.”

Head Teacher Carla Ferla has herself been recognised for her work, winning the London Teacher of the Year Award from the KM Charity Team. Carla was nominated for the award by the Earwaker family, as a way to thank her for all of the support she has given to their children and their whole family over the years. Whilst the annual awards dinner has been cancelled due to COVID-19, Carla will be able to enjoy an online celebration on 9th October.

Charlotte Earwaker, Parent at Peareswood Primary School, said, “Mrs Ferla worked so hard with us to understand our daughter’s complex needs and ensure the right support was in place to help her, both in and out of the classroom. She also helped her learn how to build relationships with other children and staff. We saw our daughter’s confidence and ability grow in just a few short months, which was the most amazing feeling as parents. Thanks to Mrs Ferla, our daughter is now thriving in secondary school. We will forever be grateful.”

Peareswood Primary School is part of Woodland Academy Trust, which has four schools in South East London and Kent. Woodland Academy Trust is also building Lime Wood Free School, which is due to open on Fraser Road in Erith in 2022.

Kerry McCarthy, Teaching Assistant, Peareswood Primary School, said:

“I was so surprised to find out that I had been nominated, and just incredibly grateful. I love working at Peareswood Primary School and supporting the children and really getting to know them. The best part of my job is that moment when you’re working with a child and you see that penny drop and you you think wow, they’ve really got it now. I find that so rewarding.”

Carla Ferla, Head Teacher, Peareswood Primary School, said:

“This is such a lovely honour, and whilst I’m so proud to have the importance of pastoral work recognised in this way, it really is a whole-school team effort, it’s what we do at Peareswood. We have a family feel here amongst our staff, with the children and their families. Our most recent Ofsted in 2019 even recognised that, as a child told the inspector the school is like one big family. We focus on developing expertise and knowledge and really understanding individual children. It has been lovely having our staff and children back in school. Everyone has been so supportive and it’s wonderful to have our school feel alive again.”

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