AN ISLE of Wight teacher has taken home the proverbial gold at Oxford University's inspirational teachers' awards, nominated by a former student.

Richard Dunsterville, head of English at the Bay CE School, Sandown, is one of ten teachers from across the state school and college sector to have won an award.

Nominated by Sam Lapham, who is now studying at Christ Church College, Oxford, Mr Dunsterville said: “For once I actually stopped what I was doing and remembered why I do it.

"Truth be told, I was overwhelmed by such kind and thoughtful words.”

Mr Dunsterville will receive his award on Friday (May 17) at a ceremony at Worcester College, Oxford

“The award is a great idea,” said Mr Dunsterville.

“For many young people living on the Island, the idea of going to such a prestigious university as Oxford seems an impossibility. I hope Sam’s nomination gives others on the Island the belief to aim as high as they can.”

Receiving the award has reinforced Richard's belief in his vocation, and a teacher's ability to have a lasting impact on their pupils.

Professor Louise Richardson, Oxford University vice-chancellor, said: “The Inspirational Teachers Awards are our chance to recognise the enormous contribution teachers make.

"Congratulations to all this year’s winners; their work is very much appreciated.”

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