Talented Sunderland teacher Victoria Carr is one of the top 100 brightest young teaching stars in the country, hand-picked for a prestigious future leaders course.

Victoria, a science teacher at Academy 360 in Pennywell, will enroll on the year-long SSAT Schools Students and Teachers network Leadership Legacy Project learning from outstanding leaders across the country.

She will shadow a headteacher, visit inspiring schools across the country and tap into new teaching networks which will add momentum to her rapidly rising career.

Victoria, 27, who only began teaching four years ago, was nominated for the SSAT project by Academy 360 Principal Rachel Donohue, who identified her as a future teaching leader.

Enrolment on the project means she is now formally an SSAT Leadership Fellow and will receive that accolade at a ceremony in London next month.

Victoria was accepted onto the project after a rigorous selection process by an SSAT panel of educational leaders to identify the UK’s best young teachers with leadership potential.

Victoria, who started teaching at Academy 360 a year ago, said: “I was over the moon when I found out about the fellowship, it’s a prestigious course with only 100 teachers from across the UK.

“My work during the project will contribute into national educational research which is really exciting.

“I’ve had so many opportunities to progress my own teaching in my short time at Academy 360. Ultimately, I’d like to be a head teacher; the SSAT project will help with me develop the skills and experience I need to achieve my goal.

“The level of professional development SSAT provide is outstanding – learning from other professionals and their experiences can only help further improve my own teaching in the classroom and benefit our students.”

Ms Donohue said: “Victoria demonstrates exceptional leadership potential, she has had a huge impact at Academy 360 in her short time here and certainly has a successful career ahead of her.

“Victoria is dedicated to making a difference for our students at Academy 360 and she is always willing to go the extra mile. I’m very proud of what she has achieved.

“SSAT provides an excellent platform for teaching professionals like Victoria across the country to access high-quality CPD and become part of a network of great practitioners.”

Sue Williamson, CEO at SSAT, said: “SSAT, the Schools Students and Teachers network, is delighted to welcome Victoria from Academy 360 to SSAT’s Leadership Legacy Project.

“She will be part of a group of over 100 designated SSAT leadership fellows all within their first three to four years of teaching, and who have been selected by their headteachers as already showing the potential to become an outstanding school leader.

“Victoria’s involvement in the programme demonstrates both Laidlaw School Trust’s and SSAT’s commitment to developing the next generation of system leaders. I personally look forward to working with Victoria and her cohort over the coming year.”

Victoria is also one of five teachers at Academy 360 being fast-tracked through senior leadership training on the Teaching Leaders national course aimed at promoting excellence and growing leadership capacity.

Victoria will be joined on the SSAT research project by Excelsior Academy English teacher Jasmin Jobe.

Excelsior Academy in Newcastle, like Academy 360, is part of the Laidlaw Schools Trust.