Kimberley Walsh at SPW

Kimberley Walsh surprises St Paul’s Way School staff for Thank a Teacher Day


To celebrate National Thank a Teacher Day, our incredible music department received a surprise visit by former Girls Aloud superstar Kimberley Walsh.


Thank a Teacher Day is an opportunity for the community to celebrate staff in schools for everything that they do. 


Featuring on the BBC Bitesize website, Kimberley delivered a series of grateful messages from parents, one of whom said about the St Paul’s Way music department: “We are amazed by your enthusiasm, creativity and humour, which goes through all your work with the students.”


Jannah, in Year 8, echoed parents’ sentiments: “I think they all deserve a thank you because they have inspired us with music, and on top of this they are really kind and funny.”


Kimberley spoke passionately about the part that music had played in her life, recognising how crucial her own teachers had been in her development.

Jonathan Hoyle, Director of Performing Arts, explained how his team are working to support those who may follow in Kimberley’s footsteps, but also those who may choose other paths: “The single best thing about the job is spotting that spark of creativity in someone. The idea of creativity is such a key part of someone’s experience, no matter what they go on to study. That’s why performing arts is such a crucial part of education.”


At a time when many schools have been cutting back in music, St Paul’s Way School has continued to build its offer. Current music provision includes:

  • A vibrant music scholars programme
  • A full orchestra
  • A range of ensembles
  • Secondary and Sixth Form Choirs
  • Various Rock Bands
  • Tuned Percussion Groups and Drumming Troops


Students showcase their talents through a regular programme of concerts and performance events including an annual musical, something which is cherished by the whole school community.


To find out more about the incredible music offer at St Paul’s Way School visit


The full video of Kimberley’s visit to St Paul’s Way School can be found on the BBC Bitesize website: