Eltham politician wins national teaching award

Eltham Conservative Parliamentary candidate and local teacher, Cllr Spencer Drury has won a prestigious national award for teaching excellence in AS level Government and Politics.


Spencer, who is Head of Politics and Director of Sixth Form at Colfe’s School in Lee, taught one of two subjects winning the Good Schools Guide Awards;  Drama and Theatre Studies AS level being the other one.  


To win the awards, which were judged in 2013 but just announced,  Colfe’s had to outranked all other schools in England both Independent and state selective and non-selective. The awards were judged on good teaching, the relative popularity of the subject, its relative and absolute performance and the percentage taking the exam.


Spencer Drury, who has been an Eltham Councillor since 2002, said, “Colfe’s standard of teaching is very high and it is pleasing for this to be acknowledged in these two subjects at A level. I am obviously personally thrilled about Politics.  


“Over the years  it has consistently remained as one of the top performing Colfe’s subjects at A level.  My experience and knowledge of politics definitely helps the pupils with their overall understanding of the subject.   Some of my former pupils have gone on to be involved with politics, representing a broad spectrum of political persuasions, and always with a real enthusiasm for the subject.”


37 year old Daniel Houghton was taught by Spencer when he was a teacher at Kemnal Technology College in Sidcup, and went on to be a Lib Dem Councillor in Whitefoot Ward in Lewisham between 2002 and 2010.   Daniel said, “Spencer taught me politics at Sixth Form in a comprehensive school in South East London. His passion for his subject was obvious and must have rubbed off on me as I too became involved in local politics! He thoroughly deserves this prestigious award".