Mr Garthwaite said: “What an amazing a humbling surprise to be voted teacher of the year. I want to say a big thankyou to everyone who voted for me, as well as to all the support staff at Peterhouse, without whom I couldn’t do my job. It really means a lot that people think I do a good job with my children, who make every day at work a weird and wonderful one!”
Mr Garthwaite joined the Peterhouse team as a newly qualified teacher in 2017 and has been at the school ever since. He has taught in both Key Stage 1 and 2 and is currently the lead teacher for computing across the school. He also has considerable knowledge and skills in music and is part of a band outside of school. He is often able to bring this into his teaching, to the delight of his children.
Mr Ryan Freeman, Headteacher of Peterhouse Church of England Primary Academy said: “The Peterhouse family is thrilled that Mr Garthwaite has been recognised as a great teacher. The children that pass-through Mr Garthwaite’s class are never subject to a dull day; his high energy approach to teaching, along with his skills in music and computing make him a firm favourite amongst many of the children and families. This is particularly poignant after the tough time that we have all been through – to know that the community appreciate the efforts that Peterhouse staff go to is humbling indeed. We are blessed at Peterhouse to have a wonderful team to help care for our children and we hope that they all feel that their teacher is just a little bit special.”