Oxford University Inspirational Teacher Awards 2019
Oxford University Inspirational Teacher Awards 2019. Winning teachers and their nominating students.

Previous Inspirational Teachers Award Winners

Since 2010, the Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach office at the University of Oxford has run a scheme to recognise inspirational teachers from UK schools and colleges. These videos show just how inspirational our winning teachers are.


In 2019 we received 84 nominations for teachers in schools across the UK.

The Winners

Carolyn Davies of NPTC Group in Neath Port Talbot, Wales. Nominated by Abi Owen studying Music at Jesus College.

Abi and Carolyn: Watch their video

"Teachers like Carolyn with their hard work and dedication to pupils that, like me, want to go further, are the very reason students from State schools are in Oxford at all…Carolyn is a hero and I sincerely hope that this award could attempt to express my gratitude to a teacher who has helped not only me, but every music student at NPTC Group achieve their goals."

Claire Hurst of The Lancaster Academy in Leicester, East Midlands. Nominated by Roman Kenny-Manning studying Law with German Law at Corpus Christi College.

Claire and Roman: Watch their video

"Ms Hurst embodies what it means to be a teacher: kind, nurturing, ambitious…inspiring. In a school environment which was extremely rare for students to even think about studying at somewhere like Oxford, Ms Hurst often firmly made me realise that I had the potential to achieve something special. The passion she had not only for my personal goals and prospects but also for education in general played a huge factor in my work ethic at school. It is safe to say that she played a pivotal role in the formation my own ambitions, one of which was to study at Oxford."

Emma Read of St Albans RC High School in Torfaen, Wales. Nominated by Laura McGriele studying English Language and Literature at Lady Margaret Hall.

Emma and Laura: Watch their video


"For the entirety of my time in her classroom, I was happy and engaged. I looked forward to feeling as though I was wanted and involved, and she saw in me what she deemed to be a “talent”… Ever since that day six years ago, she hasn’t stopped. Every day she would remind me that I was worth something more than I could ever hope to believe, and every day since I had tried to emulate a small amount of the faith that she has placed in me."

Matthew Southern-Myers, formerly of Cranford Community College in Hounslow, London. Nominated by Lucy Tirahan studying English Language and Literature at Lincoln College.

Matthew and Lucy: Watch their video

"Aside from fulfilling the aspects which all good teachers do (being patient, showing dedication to students and commitment to achieving the highest grades possible) there were a lot of selfless decisions he made which helped me to achieve my place at Oxford. [He] was consistent with providing support to our cohort and always made time for anyone that needed his advice."

Oliver Smith of Halesowen College in Dudley, West Midlands. Nominated by Michael-Akolade Ayodeji studying PPE at University College.

Oliver and Michael-Akolade: Watch their video

"What made Mr Smith an inspirational teacher was his ability to relate to everyone. He would recommend books by philosophers, sociologist or fictional authors which were outside our syllabus but facilitated critical analysis of ideas and systems. This laid the foundation for my getting more engaged with the subject topics, reading around my syllabus, attending talks and seminars on interesting motions beyond the A Level scope."

Richard Dunsterville of The Bay CE School in the Isle of Wight. Nominated by Sam Lapham studying English Language and Literature at Christ Church College.

Sam and Richard: Watch their video

"Mr Dunsterville…had a manner about him which was at once sympathetic, wise, funny and inspiring… His sheer passion for English is rivalled only by his sincerity in wanting his students to do well, not for any form of public appraisal, but because he believes in them."

Robert Fisher of Blackpool Sixth Form in Blackpool, North West England. Nominated by Callum Wardle studying Mathematics at Queen's College.

Callum and Robert: Watch their video

"Rob is really the driving force behind my application to Oxford. If it wasn’t for him, I would never have realised I had what it takes to achieve as highly as I have and wouldn’t have pushed myself to do so. One of Rob’s favourite quotations really encapsulates my journey to Oxford: "I see now that the circumstances of one's birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are."

Simon Dawson, formerly of Springwood High School in Norfolk, East England. Nominated by Kaveeta Malhi studying Medicine at Merton College.

Simon and Kaveeta: Watch their video

"Mr Dawson is the most passionate and inspirational teacher I have ever had. [His] enthusiasm was infectious - not only did he help us all succeed in three separate maths GCSEs, but made sure nobody was left behind, irrespective of ability. Every member of that class felt included and supported. [He] encouraged me the most to be the best I could be..."

Steve Jolley of The FitzWimarc School in Rayleigh, East England. Nominated by Lewis Davies studying Law at Pembroke College.

Steve and Lewis: Watch their video

"Steve's belief in me was infectious. He would push and expect more from me than I knew possible... He is the teacher of teachers. He should be awarded because he did not just go above and beyond what is expected of a teacher, but because he went above and beyond what it means to be a good human being."

Susan Orsi of Carmel College in Darlington, North East England. Nominated by Chloe Summers studying History at Brasenose College.

Susan and Chloe: Watch their video

"Mrs Orsi never gave me the easy options and always pushed me to work hard to achieve what she believed I could; her guidance taught me dedication and perseverance. [Without] her endless support, guidance, and kindness I would never have dreamed of applying for Oxford in the first place, let alone have been able to achieve what I needed to come here."

Nominated Teachers

We would also like to highly commend all the teachers nominated in 2019.

  • Adele Jones of Hereford Sixth Form College in Herefordshire, West Midlands. Nominated by Adam Wilkinson-Hill studying History and Politics at Jesus College.
  • Andrea McGuigan of Cardinal Hume Catholic School in Gateshead, North East. Nominated by Lucy McBride studying History at Jesus College.
  • Andrew Rae of Elthorne Park High School in Ealing, London. Nominated by Jaymin Shah studying Mathematics at Christ Church College.
  • Becky Ferguson of Marlwood School in South Gloucestershire, South West. Nominated by Sophie Chinnock studying Ancient and Modern History at Worcester College.
  • Ben Breen of Dartford Grammar School in Kent, South East. Nominated by Sidhant Jadeja studying Law at Keble College.
  • Benjamin Robertson of The Hayfield School in Doncaster, Yorkshire and the Humber. Nominated by Charlotte Wriglesworth studying English Language and Literature at Brasenose College.
  • Catherine Goodwin of Gosforth Academy in Newcastle upon Tyne, North East. Nominated by Julia Duddy studying History at The Queen's College.
  • Catherine Vowles of The Heathland School in Hounslow, London. Nominated by Minhaj Rahman studying PPE at Balliol College.
  • Catrin Bennett of Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg in Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. Nominated by Brennig Davies studying English Language and Literature at Mansfield College, and Nia Brown studying English Language and Literature at St Hugh's College.
  • Charlotte Galvin of Rutlish School in Merton, London. Nominated by Daniel Ostrowski studying History and Politics at Merton College.
  • Cheryl Longmore of The Kingswinford School in Dudley, West Midlands. Nominated by Georgia Watkins studying French and Italian at St Hilda's College.
  • Chris Rees of Westminster City School in Westminster, London. Nominated by Glen Hoti studying Medicine at Lincoln College.
  • Christine Cane of Christ The King Catholic High School in Sefton, North West. Nominated by Isabelle Gibbons studying History at The Queen's College.
  • Clare Swayne of North Bristol Post 16 Centre in Bristol, South West. Nominated by Bethany (Betty) Barber studying Modern Languages (French and Spanish) at Somerville College.
  • Corin Jones of Burntwood School in Wandsworth, London. Nominated by Lucia Hayward-Vera studying Biological Sciences at St Peter's College.
  • Cormac van der Hoeven of Wimbledon College in Merton, London. Nominated by Matteo Baccaglini studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Merton College.
  • David Lindsay of St Ambrose College in Trafford, North West. Nominated by Joshua Remo Lavorini studying Modern Languages at Pembroke College.
  • David Rey of Valentines High School in Redbridge, London. Nominated by Emma McIntyre studying Modern Languages at Oriel College.
  • Denise Detain of Our Lady's Convent High School in Hackney, London. Nominated by Jenna Colaco studying Classics and English at St Anne's College.
  • Denise Read of Presdales School in Hertfordshire, East of England. Nominated by Tara Petty studying Biological Sciences at Keble College.
  • Duncan Richmond of Ysgol y Preseli in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Nominated by Megan Matthews studying Engineering Science at St Hugh's College.
  • Emily Roche of The Sir Robert Woodard Academy in West Sussex, South East. Nominated by Sarah James-Short studying History at St Anne’s College.
  • Emma Danhauser of Ashby School in Leicestershire, East Midlands. Nominated by Rachel Martin studying Biochemistry at Brasenose College.
  • Estelle Cooch of Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College in Lewisham, London. Nominated by Alan Taylor studying Psychology and Philosophy at University College.
  • Francesca Grilli of Runshaw College in Lancashire, North West. Nominated by Alex Melling studying Classics at Brasenose College.
  • Jack Houghton of Guildford County School in Surrey, South East. Nominated by Felix Ginsberg studying English Language and Literature at Exeter College.
  • James Baldaro of Petroc College in Devon, South West. Nominated by Jack Elston studying Experimental Psychology at Christ Church College.
  • Jamie Davies of Wyke Sixth Form College in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire and the Humber. Nominated by Alice Gowland studying Experimental Psychology at Magdalen College.
  • Jane Doar of Guildford County School in Surrey, South East. Nominated by Ankit Kapoor studying English Language and Literature at St John's College.
  • Jane Anthony of Burntwood School in Wandsworth, London. Nominated by Lily Lefkow-Green studying Classics at Oriel College.
  • Jenny Slark of St Philomenas Catholic High School for Girls in Sutton, London. Nominated by Ellie Bartley studying History at St Hilda's College.
  • Jessica Dougherty of Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School in Lancashire, North West. Nominated by Isaac Heeks studying Oriental Studies (Japanese) at Hertford College.
  • Jessica Mahler of South Craven School in North Yorkshire, Yorkshire and the Humber. Nominated by Matthew Griffiths studying Chemistry at Brasenose College.
  • Jessica Town of St Francis Xavier 6th Form College in Wandsworth, London. Nominated by Molly Abella studying Ancient and Modern History at Brasenose College.
  • John Pitt of Cirencester College in Gloucestershire, South West. Nominated by Hannah Bowsher studying English Language and Literature at Christ Church College.
  • Josephine Rhodes of The Hollyfield School in Kingston upon Thames, London. Nominated by Saida Azizova studying English at Hertford College.
  • Julian Waterfield of St Anne's Catholic School and Sixth Form in Southampton, South East. Nominated by Amy Ward studying Theology and Religion at St. Johns College.
  • K Auld of Minster School in Derbyshire, East Midlands. Nominated by Eve McMullen studying History and politics at Magdalen College.
  • Kesner Morris of Hagley Catholic High School in Worcestershire, West Midlands. Nominated by Philip Sadler studying English at Somerville College.
  • Laura Gillard of Vyners School in Hillingdon, London. Nominated by Cai Tanner studying Experimental Psychology at St Hilda's College.
  • Lauren Lewis of Peter Symonds College in Hampshire, South East. Nominated by Florence Lappin studying Geography at St. Hilda's College.
  • Lesley Allaway of Newlands Girls' School in Windsor and Maidenhead, South East. Nominated by Emily Bullock studying Philosophy and Modern Languages (French) at Somerville College.
  • Lesley Ferguson of Bay House School and Sixth Form in Hampshire, South East. Nominated by Samuel Ponting studying Experimental Psychology at Pembroke College.
  • Louise Gardner of Caerleon Comprehensive School in Newport, Wales. Nominated by David Aitken studying Biochemistry at Somerville College.
  • Marc Howell of Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School in Derbyshire, East Midlands. Nominated by Eleanor Bennett studying Law at Worcester College.
  • Marco Pereira of London Academy of Excellence in Newham, London. Nominated by Enrik Maci studying Engineering Science at Wadham College.
  • Mark Hall of Island Innovation VI Form Campus in Isle of Wight, South East. Nominated by Joe Davies studying History and Politics at Wadham College.
  • Matt Fisher of Winstanley College in Wigan, North West. Nominated by Alice Wong studying English Literature and Language at Queen's College.
  • Matthew Parry of The Commonweal School and Sixth Form in Swindon, South West. Nominated by Ruth Flame studying Law at New College.
  • Michael Newland of Alun School in Flintshire, Wales. Nominated by Sophie Sims studying English Language and Literature at Lincoln College.
  • Mike Harris of Rainham Mark Grammar School in Medway, South East. Nominated by James Turner studying Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Lincoln College.
  • Miriam Sechere of Ark Globe Academy in Southwark, London. Nominated by Eduardo Estevez Espitia studying Biological Sciences at St Catherine's College.
  • Nathan Scott of Farnborough Sixth Form College in Hampshire, South East. Nominated by Danielle Watts studying Law at St Hugh's College.
  • Neal Patterson of Ballymena Academy in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Nominated by Shonagh Nelson studying Law at St Hilda’s College.
  • Nigel Prenter of Stroud High School in Gloucestershire, South West. Nominated by Isobel Chappell studying PPE at Worcester College.
  • Paul Townson of Nelson and Colne College in Lancashire, North West. Nominated by Alexandra Mitchell-Males studying English literature and Language at St John’s College.
  • Peter Jackson of Penrice Academy in Cornwall, South West. Nominated by Isabel May studying Classics at Lady Margaret Hall.
  • Peter Wright of The Sixth Form College Farnborough in Hampshire, South East. Nominated by Michael Mortimer studying Mathematics and Philosophy at The Queen's College.
  • Phil Duckworth of Winstanley College in Wigan, North West. Nominated by Sophie Gregson studying History at Worcester College.
  • Raymond O’Neill of Isleworth & Syon School in Hounslow, London. Nominated by Gheorghe Rotaru studying Biochemistry at Corpus Christi College.
  • Rhodri Watkins of Trinity School in West Berkshire, South East. Nominated by Pierce Jones studying History at Brasenose College.
  • Robert Thomas of St. Ivo School in Cambridgeshire, East of England. Nominated by Amelia Bircham studying History and Politics at Keble College.
  • Robert Stevens of Westcliff High School for Boys in Southend-on-Sea, East of England. Nominated by Ruby Vesey studying History at Magdalen College.
  • Samantha Desmond of Richard Huish College in Somerset, South West. Nominated by Justin Vyvyan-Jones studying Classics and German at St Hugh's College.
  • Spencer Lawrence of Toot Hill College in Nottinghamshire, East Midlands. Nominated by Sam Wilson studying Physics at St Peter's College.
  • Steve Coote of Richard Hale School in Hertfordshire, East of England. Nominated by Yusuf Ben-Tarifite studying Medicine at Balliol College.
  • Tamsyn Kramer of Luton Sixth Form College in Luton, East of England. Nominated by Oluwakemi Agunbiade studying Law at Wadham College.
  • Tim Stanforth of Northampton School for Boys in Northamptonshire, East Midlands. Nominated by Deniz de Barros studying History of Art at St John's College.
  • Tim Burton of William Howard School in Cumbria, North West. Nominated by Katie Harkins studying Theology and Religion at St Peter's College.
  • Timothy Wright of King Edward VI Five Ways School in Birmingham, West Midlands. Nominated by Aaron Vitarana studying Physics at Pembroke College.
  • Tracy Allen of Rosebery School in Surrey, South East. Nominated by Sarah Alford studying Archaeology and Anthropology at St Peter's College.
  • Tracy Rigby of Lymm High School in Warrington, North West. Nominated by Hannah Leighton-Jones studying Geography at St Edmund Hall.
  • Vicky Bryant of Carmel College in St. Helens, North West. Nominated by Natasha Clieve studying Law at Hertford College.

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In 2018 we received 57 nominations for teachers across the country.

The Winners

Adam Pothecary at Bradford College in West Yorkshire, nominated by Rocco Memery studying English Language and Literature at Harris Manchester

Watch the video of Rocco and Adam


“His classes proved to be the most entertaining and thought-provoking experiences college had to offer.”

Andrew Hodgson at Aston Academy in South Yorkshire, nominated by Natalie Magee studying History at Oriel College

Watch the video of Andrew and Natalie


“Rather than simply hand-holding us towards exam success, he moulded us into keen learners who, after two years, had all developed a thirst for learning and a desire to expand our general knowledge through wider reading.”

Anna Knowles at Aquinas College in Greater Manchester, nominated by Madeleine O'Connor studying Biological Sciences at New College

Watch the video of Madeleine and Anna


“Anna made me realise that if you put your mind to something you’re passionate about and talented at, you can go so much further than you ever believed.”

Christina Pearce at Luton Sixth Form College in Bedfordshire, nominated by Matthew Judson studying PPE at Lady Margaret Hall

Watch the video of Christina and Matthew


“She has been an inspirational influence and has undoubtedly made a significant difference to me.”

 Danny Brown at BSix Sixth Form College in London, nominated by Desmond Asante studying Mathematics at St Peter's College

 Watch the video of Desmond and Danny


“The reason why I believe that Danny Brown deserves this award is because I think he is by far the most inspirational person in my academic life.”

Hannah Davies at Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School in Wales, nominated by Charlotte Rose studying Medicine at Magdalen College

 Watch the video of Hannah and Charlotte


“I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the title ‘inspirational teacher’. Hannah made me challenge the Oxford applicant stereotype I held and gave me the confidence and support I needed to apply. Her faith in me never wavered and although I never believed I could one day study at Oxford, she did, and this is why I am here.”

Jonathan Taylor at Chestnut Grove Academy in London, nominated by Ephraim Conteh studying PPE at Worcester College

 Watch the video of Ephraim and Jonathan


“His passion and drive for helping me change my life has set a precedent in my school that will inspire a generation.”

Kim Lambert at Prior Pursglove College in North Yorkshire, nominated by Bethany Carter studying Experimental Psychology at New College

 Watch the video of Bethany and Kim


“Teachers do amazing work everyday, educating young people is an extremely challenging, yet important job, the ability to inspire students to chase their dreams and reach their full potential however, is a relatively rare ability which requires endless extra dedication and commitment above and beyond what is expected.”

Poonam Gard at St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College in London, nominated by Shamime Ibrahim studying History and Politics at University College

 Shamime Ibrahim


“Miss Gard epitomises what it means to be a teacher, her teaching was second to none and her love for her subjects made students like me love studying even more.”

Sally Llewellyn at Pencoed Comprehensive School in Wales, nominated by Grace Shaughnessy studying English Language and Literature at Merton College

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“What I lacked in was the self-belief and it was not until I had met with my A-level English teacher that I began to think of Oxford as a tangible reality. Mrs Llewellyn was intrinsic to my decision to submit an application for enrolment here.”

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How does it feel to be nominated?

"I am absolutely delighted to have been nominated by Elis for this award and although it is a privilege to be recognised in this way, I feel  quite overwhelmed. As a teacher I feel it is my responsibility to do my best to foster enthusiasm and cultivate an interest in my subject area. Teaching is a vocation and when a student shows curiosity for knowledge and learning, the skill is recognising it and helping them to deepen and broaden their knowledge. As teachers today it is easy to be caught up with the business of statistics and data analysis and view students as 'cohorts' rather than individuals with potential in a variety  of areas. It is perhaps  easy to lose sight of our fundamental role which is to educate and encourage students to be inquiring individuals. Once potential is identified, it is natural as a teacher to want to see ones students fulfil it. My advice to students applying to university is never think that you have set the bar too high. If you aim high and you are committed, the opportunities and rewards are immeasurable." Debra Walsh - Winning Inspirational Teacher, 2017

The Winners

Alice Fallon, Meden School in Nottinghamshire. Nominated by Ebony Moody, studying Mathematics at Oriel College.

Ebony and Alice: Watch their video  

student and teacher

"I am from an area where applications to Oxbridge is very rare, never mind anybody getting into these universities, however her determination to change that is beyond anything I could ever put into words."

Angeline Nicholas, Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School in Kent. Nominated by Jamie Fowler, studying Biomedical Sciences at New College.

Angeline and Jamie: watch their video

Teacher and student

"She has already made a major impact on my life… I’m extremely grateful I had the opportunity to be taught by her."

Bal Dhillon, Bracknell and Wokingham College in Berkshire. Nominated by Timothy Woods, studying Mathematics and Statistics at Mansfield College.

Bal and Timothy: watch their video

Teacher and student

"Early in the term last academic year, she planted the seed in my mind that I could come here. It started off as a bit of a dream, but with her encouragement and the support of the college it became a tangible, achievable goal."

Ceri Boyle, Ridgewood School in Doncaster. Nominated by Charlotte Green, studying English Literature and Language at Merton College. 

Ceri and Charlotte: watch their video

Teacher and student

"Without her tireless efforts so many pupils in my school would not have even considered aiming for the universities that they decided to apply for and the most amazing aspect is that she is probably unaware of how many people she has inspired."

Debra Walsh, Brynteg Comprehensive School in Bridgend, Wales. Nominated by Elis Harrington, studying Modern Languages (French and German) at Jesus College.

Elis and Debra: watch their video

student and teacher

"Her attention to students and perception for talent is what makes her commendable and truly deserving of this award."

Graeme Morrison, Biggar High School in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. Nominated by Kathryn Sandilands, studying Law with French Law at Pembroke College.

Graeme and Kathryn: watch their video

Teacher and student

"He is the kind of teacher who pushes people to find out what they’re capable of, and he deserves to be reminded of the kind of impact that can have…thank you, for four years of enthusiasm, kindness and support."

Mitchell Burke, South Cheshire College in Crewe. Nominated by Emma Shaw, studying Classics at Balliol College.

Emma and Mitchell: watch their video

student and teacher

"I am extremely grateful to my teacher, not only for the assistance with the practical side of admissions and exams, but also for introducing me to the style of learning through your own readings and encouraging me to develop my own opinions."

Neil Robertson, Highgate Wood School in Islington, London. Nominated by Harry Vinall-Smeeth, studying Mathematics at Worcester College, and Blue Weiss, studying History at St Hilda’s College.

Harry, Neil and Blue: watch their video

student and teacher

"His lessons always challenged my perceptions; made my think differently about the world and in classes with students with very different needs he always managed to push the most able students without leaving anyone else behind."

"He worked harder than teacher I knew, and fully invested himself in his students’ academic and social development."

Peter Marks, The Ilfracombe Academy in Devon. Nominated by Noah Turner, studying Biochemistry at Lincoln College, and Michael Fuller, studying Mathematics at Pembroke College.

Michael, Peter and Noah: watch their video

student and teacher

"I’ve learnt from him a lot on how to act: to always be humble, maintain a jolly outlook on life at all times, and to always be prepared: never entrust anything to luck or chance."

"He is always willing to give his expert advice to any student, making sure that everyone can reach their highest potential."

Thomas Braun, Sacred Heart High School in Newcastle. Nominated by Katie Forsyth, studying Modern Languages (German and Arabic) at Wadham College.

Katie and Thomas: watch their video

student and teacher

"He truly has played a huge role in helping me get to where I am today and I owe a huge part of my success in languages to his tireless support, encouragement and guidance."

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The Winners

Dr Hamish Harron, Headlands School. Nominated by Mason Yousif (Physics at Oriel College).

Hamish and Mason: watch their video


Guest Helen Harron, winner Dr Hamish Harron and student Mason Yousif

“I have never met someone who is so proficient as both a teacher and a mentor, conveying ideas to a class whilst being approachable at the same time. It was clear, just from hearing him speak, how knowledgeable he was, which allowed him to express difficult concepts with ease. Yet he always remained humble and grounded... If a student didn’t understand he would be patient and always accommodated for everyone’s needs.”

Edward Davison, Ark Putney Academy. Nominated by Maan Al-Yasiri (History and Politics at Brasenose College).

Edward and Maan: watch their video


Student Maan al-Yasiri, winner Edward Davison and guest Emilie Paine

Emmanuel Kumadoh, Nene Park Academy. Nominated by Connor Hughes (Economics and Management at St Hugh’s College).

Emmanuel and Connor: watch their video


Winner Emmanuel Kumadoh

“Emmanuel is the greatest example I have ever encountered of teaching done the right way: passionately and selflessly. He truly puts his students' best interests first rather than his own convenience.”

Gill Power, Shenfield High School. Nominated by Jake Robinson (PPE at Hertford College).

 Gill and Jake: watch their video


Student Jake Robinson, winner Gill Power and guest Martin Power

“The ever present energy of enthusiasm of the class gave me nowhere to hide and I was expected to give my best. I think this expectation and the belief that I could do well was vital, it meant that I didn’t slide and kept me on track making me push myself and really challenged me to be the best I possibly could be.”

Iain Wilson, Grange Academy. Nominated by Andrew Scanlon (Chinese at Pembroke College). 

Iain and Andrew: watch their video


Guest Robert Johnston, student Andrew Scanlon and winner Iain Wilson

“His guidance has allowed his students to stand higher than we every thought was possible, to achieve what our downtrodden school thought impossible, and forcefully tear off the reputation that our school cannot achieve what others can.  I believe that over his years of teaching, he has inspired more than myself and have no doubt he will continue to be this inspiration for students to come.”

Jamie Beard, Bryntirion Comprehensive School. Nominated by Adib Tarafdar (Medicine at Keble College).

Jamie and Adib: watch their video


Guest Victoria Evans, student Adib Tarafdar and winner Jamie Beard

“He was a very popular teacher amongst my year group, and everyone (not just me!) would always look forward to his lessons, as they were always fun, but also explained the topic very well. Overall, now that I am here, I realise how fortunate I was to have such a devoted and supportive teacher, who was urging me on all the way, and I would really like to thank him (as well as all my other amazing teachers) for all their help and support.”

John Course, Robert Clack School of Science. Nominated by Aminat Noibi (Arabic at Somerville College).

John and Aminat: watch their video


Guest Kerry Course, student Aminat Noibi and winner John Course

“Mr Course never taught me in class, but I definitely spent more time in his office than most of his actual students. He is more than deserving of this award because, if not for him, I would not be doing my current course, let alone in this university. Mr Course is such an inspiration because he is honest and he is a man of few words, but important ones.”

Jude Devlin, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School. Nominated by Gemma Baker (Theology and Religion, Regent’s Park College).

Jude and Gemma; watch their video


Jude's guest, winner Jude Devlin and student Gemma Baker

“Mrs Devlin planted the seed in my mind and taught me more than anyone else that you have to have faith in yourself and take risks; she inspired me to take the leap of faith and assured me every step of the way that I was more than capable, not only of securing a place, but thriving in both my academic studies and wider activities.”

Lynne Jones, Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen. Nominated by Bethan Hughes (English Language and Literature at Merton College).

Lynne and Bethan: watch their video


Guest Jane Young, student Bethan Hughes and winner Lynne Jones

Patricia Knights, Camborne Science and International Academy. Nominated by Georgina James (Biomedical Sciences at St Edmund Hall).

Patricia and Georgina: watch their video


Guest Robin Knights, winner Patricia Knights and student Georgina James

“Mrs Knights has been an invaluable presence during my time at CSIA sixth form, not just for me, but undoubtedly for every other student that has attended. She works tirelessly and endlessly to accommodate the needs of every student, every day. Without her encouragement I never would have had the confidence to apply to such a competitive and prestigious university such as Oxford, and her unwavering optimism allowed me to perceive studying at Oxford as a possibility as opposed to an unlikely dream.”

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The Winners

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 The Winners

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Inspirational Teachers Awards 2013

The Winners

  • Andy Hull, Swakeleys Post-16 Centre in Middlesex
  • Anthony Pagett, Manshead School in Bedfordshire
  • Christopher Collins, Tendring Technology College in Essex
  • Dyfed Bellis, Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw in Pontypwl
  • Jill Smith, Mildenhall College in Suffolk
  • Jo Rodell-Jones, St Simon Stock Catholic School in Kent
  • Karen Kelly, Wootten Upper School in Bedford
  • Miriam Evan, Presdales School in Hertfordshire
  • Philip Hickman, Pool Hayes Arts and Community School in Willenhall
  • Simon Collings, Boroughbridge High School in North Yorkshire
  • Tim Johnson, Redruth School in Cornwall
  • Victoria Ellis, Swanwick Hall School in Derbyshire

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Inspirational Teachers Awards 2012

The Winners

  • Angela Arden, Havelock Academy in Lincolnshire
  • Carol Holmes, Westhoughton High School in Bolton
  • Ian Farrell, Wilnescote High School in Staffordshire
  • Quamar Khan, Saltley School in Birmingham
  • Robert Blyth, Dallam School in Cumbria
  • Vanwy Arif, Wood Green Academy in Sandwell
  • Wendy Frampton, Glenthorne High School in Sutton

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The Winners

  • Abbas Haghazali, Cox Green School in Maidenhead
  • Agnieszka Maria Lech, Canterbury College in Canterbury
  • Ceri Anwen James, Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg in Barry
  • Ian Cripps,  Charleston Academy in Inverness
  • Janet Elias, Maesteg Comprehensive in Maesteg
  • Kate Greene, Cardinal Griffin School in Cannock
  • Martin Davies, Tytherington High School in Macclesfield
  • Steven Driver, Queen Alexandra Sixth Form (TyneMet College) in North Shields

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