A Blackpool teacher has been singled out for top level praise after picking up an outstanding award.
Alice Hedges, from Blackpool Sixth Form College, was one of just 55 out of 20,000 nominees to win a Pearson Silver Teaching Award.
And she was presented with her certificate by skills and further education minister Matthew Hancock.
On last Thursday’s visit he spent time in her A level Critical Thinking class and congratulated Alice on the accolade.
Alice won a Pearson Silver Teaching Award Winner in the Outstanding New Teacher of the Year category.
College deputy principal Gail Yeadon said: “Although only in her third year of teaching, Alice has made an exceptional impact on her students, her colleagues and her college.
“The college encourages students to aim high and aspire to great things, and Alice embodies this ethos, so much so that her work has contributed to one of her students securing a place at Harvard University.
“Her excellent results and outstanding contribution to the department of English and Modern Foreign Languages have already secured her the responsibility of co-ordinating the Gifted and Talented programme as well as being Head of Critical Thinking.
“The college faces its share of social challenges but Alice takes on all challenges with enthusiasm and commitment.
“She has a passion for learning which is infectious and her creative style of teaching engages and inspires her students. She is truly a worthy winner of this prestigious award.
Alice said: “It was an honour to receive the award from Mr Hancock and quite a surprise. I am delighted to receive the award and would like to extend it to my colleagues and students, many of whom played an integral part in my nomination and assessment for the award.”
Matthew Hancock said: “It is a pleasure to present this award for outstanding teaching to Alice. Blackpool Sixth Form College combines inspirational leadership with some of the country’s best teaching and as a result I’ve seen for myself how its pupils can reach not only the best universities in Britain, but the finest universities in the whole world. They set high expectations for every pupil no matter what background or prior attainment, it’s a credit to the town”
Alice will now go to the UK final at London’s Guildhall on October 26, where she has a chance to get a Gold Award. The ceremony will be broadcast by the BBC.