THE headteacher of a St Helens primary school is celebrating after being shortlisted for a national teaching award.

Tony McCoy, from Sherdley Primary School, was nominated in the headteacher of the year category at the Pearson National Teaching Awards.

While Tony wasn’t one of the overall winners he was honoured to have been recognised during what was a challenging time for everyone in education in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tony said: “I was completely stunned to find out that I’d been nominated or the national headteacher award, but then to find out that I was also in the shortlisted category made me feel so proud.

Tony McCoy, from Sherdley Primary School

Tony McCoy, from Sherdley Primary School

“During this very challenging year, we have all worked hard at Sherdley – like every school – and have worked as a team to support all our children and families.

“It is my absolute pleasure to lead such an amazing team.

“Thank you for the nomination – I’m honoured – but it’s really a reflection of our whole Sherdley family.”

Sir Michael Morpurgo, author and former children’s laureate as well as president of the Teaching Awards Trust, said: “Today we say thank you to the teachers who have helped our young people navigate these most difficult times and who will continue to inspire countless minds over the coming years.”