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Havering teacher joins Oscar-winner at glittering event for national teaching awards

PUBLISHED: 10:32 22 October 2015 | UPDATED: 10:38 22 October 2015

Sarah Allen, drama teacher at St Edward's Church of England School and Sixth Form College, Romford and  Pearson silver teaching award winner.  Picture Sarah Allen

Sarah Allen, drama teacher at St Edward's Church of England School and Sixth Form College, Romford and Pearson silver teaching award winner. Picture Sarah Allen

Sarah Allen

A Havering teacher joined oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson at a glittering star-studded ceremony on Sunday to see if she had won a prestigious national gold teaching award.

Sarah Allen, top right, and staff members of the St Edward's Church of England School and Sixth Form College at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Picture Sarah AllenSarah Allen, top right, and staff members of the St Edward's Church of England School and Sixth Form College at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Picture Sarah Allen

Sarah Allen, 35, of St Edward’s Church of England School and Sixth Form College in London Road, Romford had already been presented with a Pearson silver award for “Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School” earlier this year by Olympic athlete Christine Ohuruogu.

Describing the event, held at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden as a “bit overwhelming” the drama teacher said: “It was really great and all came as a complete surprise.”

The Pearson Teaching Awards were founded in 1999 by Lord Puttnam and recognise the impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they tutor.

Although the popular drama teacher, did not win a gold award she described her silver award and nomination as a “team effort” that was “lovely for the school”.

Sarah Allen, being presented with her silver award by Reverend Alan Perry, Headteacher and Olympic athlete Christine Ohuruogu. Picture Sarah AllenSarah Allen, being presented with her silver award by Reverend Alan Perry, Headteacher and Olympic athlete Christine Ohuruogu. Picture Sarah Allen

Thompson, who is president of the Teaching Awards, credits much of her success to her education.

She said: “I owe so much of what I’ve done to my fantastic teachers at school and university and its exciting to join in celebrating what is probably the most important profession of them all.”

Mrs Allen who has taught drama at St Edward’s for 10 years, said she had always wanted to be teacher.

The ceremony will be broadcast on BBC2 at 6pm on Sunday (October 25) as “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”.

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