Ten state school teachers from across Britain have been honoured as 'inspirational teachers' by Oxford University in an awards scheme designed to recognise teachers from state schools and colleges that go the extra mile for their students. The teachers were all nominated by current first-year Oxford students.
Trish Knights, Head of VI Form and a member of the English faculty at CSIA, was nominated by former Georgina J, who is currently studying Biomedical Sciences at St. Edmund Hall and was also at the Award Ceremony and Formal Dinner at St Peter's College on Friday 6 May.
Dr Samina Khan, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Oxford, said: "The Inspirational Teachers Awards are a way of recognising the importance of teachers in encouraging bright students to realise their potential and make a successful application to Oxford, especially those who might not have initially believed they were Oxford material."
Oxford University's Vice Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson, who presented the plaques and certificates, thanked the teachers and their schools for encouraging and supporting students in their applications to Oxford. The audience viewed the film that had been compiled of each teacher, with comments from their students and their Principals and Head Teachers.
Mrs Knights said that she was enormously humbled by the award and what had been said and written about her. She was also amazed that Georgina had taken the time to nominate her, in what would have been a very busy and exciting time at Oxford:
"Being able to work with students as they plan the next stage of their lives is such a privilege. You're always aware of the people they can become. I am very fortunate to work with such dedicated leaders, teachers and support staff, all of whom work tirelessly so that our students can move out into the world with confidence."
The Award also included £100 for each school to purchase books.