A local headteacher has been given an A* grade for her work at a Huddersfield school which has been officially rated as Outstanding for the past eight years.
Hawa Bibi Laher OBE has already been honoured by the Queen for her services to education and earlier this month she was confirmed as the recipient of the ‘Silver Pearson Teaching Award’ for ‘Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School’.
Mrs Laher, originally from South Africa but residing in Mirfield, has been at the Spring Grove Primary School since 1997 and took over the reins as headteacher in 2004.
The single form entry school has more than 200 pupils and has been commended by Ofsted as one of the best primary educational establishments in the area.
During Mrs Laher’s time at Spring Grove she has worked closely with the local community to make it excel in the area with students from all backgrounds attending.
This latest award is a prestigious accolade, which will eventually see Mrs Laher visit the House of Commons for Celebratory Tea, yet she insists that the greatest part for her was the recognition she had received from her staff.
“To be put forward for an award by my colleagues was the highlight for me,” she said. “It meant far more to me knowing that they believe in me than actually getting the trophy which I am very proud to receive.
“A school is not just about children it is about staff, parents and the community as well. I’m only as good as my staff and I see it as an award for everybody involved with Spring Grove.”
Mrs Laher added her praise to the rest of the school, without which ‘this award would not have been possible’.
“It really is a lovely, amazing school to work at,” she added.
“All the pupils are so polite and well behaved but that is also because of my fantastic team of staff and teachers who only want the best for every single child.
“I am very lucky to be headteacher here and grateful to everybody for helping us become recognised as the outstanding school which we are.”
Deputy Headteacher, Debbie Kelly, put her colleague’s name forward initially for the award and says she more than deserves all the plaudits that come her way.
“Bibi is an outstanding leader and role model,” she said. “This is a much deserved award recognising the dedication she has given not only to our school but to all the partners with whom we work.”
Mrs Laher was presented with a trophy at the school in a special assembly on Monday 19th May and is scheduled to visit the House of Commons on the 24th June.