Education Secretary visits Chiswick School, as Head of Music wins prestigious award

“It is wonderful working with such a brilliant group of students, staff and parents” says modest music teacher

Chiswick School welcomed the Secretary of State for Education, Gillian Keegan, today (21 June) to honour the achievements of its teachers, with special recognition given to Zac Moxon, the Head of Music.

Mr. Moxon was presented with the prestigious Pearson National Teaching Silver Award by Sharon Hague, the Managing Director of Pearson Qualifications, and the Mayor of Hounslow, Cllr Afzaal Kiani. Students from Chiswick School and Cavendish Primary School joined in the welcoming the Secretary of State.

Zac Moxon, selected from thousands of nominations, received the Silver Award for Outstanding New Teacher in a Secondary School. His commitment to changing the lives of his students and providing high-quality lessons impressed the awards judges, as supported by positive feedback from parents, colleagues, and pupils.

Mr. Moxon’s accomplishments have now placed him among the shortlisted candidates for one of the 16 Gold Awards, the winners of which will be revealed and celebrated at a gala ceremony in London on 25 November. The ceremony will be televised on the BBC, with winners featured on The One Show.

Zac said:

“It was such a surprise to win a silver award and I am very honoured. It is wonderful working with such a brilliant group of students, staff and parents and putting music at Chiswick School on the map.”

Under his leadership Chiswick Voices Choir travelled to Oxford University, Somerville College, to sing in their Choral Contemplation. Chiswick students also take part in community events around Chiswick and Brentford.

Their Steel Pans appeared at Strand on the Green for the coronation celebrations, their rock band “The Q” has performed in South Acton and their Performing Arts Choir has entertained the crowds at the Chiswick Flower Market.

Chiswick School Head “delighted”

Laura Ellener Headteacher of Chiswick School said:

“We are delighted that Zac’s achievements have been recognised. In addition to Chiswick School’s  excellent examination results, the Arts and Music are a key part of life at Chiswick School. All of our teachers do an exceptional job, as do those across Hounslow and the country, and it is important to recognise this through events like these’

Secretary of State for Education Gillian Keegan said:

“People go into teaching to change lives, and so many of us are lucky to have been shaped and influenced by the best of the teaching profession.

“These awards mark the exceptional contribution that incredible headteachers, teachers and support staff make every single day, nurturing the potential of our young people across the country.

“Congratulations to each and every winner and thank you for all you do for our children.”