A PRIMARY school teacher has received an award for 'going the extra mile' for her work encouraging children to appreciate the great outdoors.

Stephanie Dunford, a forest school teacher at Niton Primary School, was presented with the award at the Isle of Wight Council's Education Awards.

The event was held at the Anthony Minghella Theatre, at Quay Arts, Newport.

The awards were presented by council cabinet member for children's services, Cllr Paul Brading and Isle of Wight High Sheriff, Geoff Underwood.

Stephanie was recognised for her energy and determination as a forest school teacher, and for leading the school's first Global Rock entry.

Stephanie said: "I became a forest school leader because I wanted to give children the opportunity to learn and develop their independence in a different environment.

"I had an amazing response getting Niton involved in Global Rock — the extra things I do are never a chore, it makes it worthwhile when I see the children's reactions."

Other award winners included Richard May, Greenmount Primary School's headteacher of 20 years, who was presented with an award for sustained contribution to educational success.

Christ the King College science teacher, Dr Bethany Foreman, received the educational excellence award after supporting 40 per cent of students to achieve A* and A grades in their GCSE science exams.

During the evening, there were performances by Greenmount Primary School pupil Charis Nicholas, who played the piano, and Ryde Academy student Anna Parkinson, who sang.

The other award winners were Bekky Mann and Ella Greenslade from St George’s School (impact beyond the classroom), Pat Suttmann from the Isle of Wight College (leading light), and Lindsay Davies and Katy Edmunds, also from the college (strong foundations and unleashing potential awards).

The Bay CE Primary School's 'A Team' — Tim Addison, Sally Jones, Jade Kennett, Reuben Lovell, Rev Ian Lovell, Kate Whiting and Marie Woodward — won the unsung hero award.

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