An inspirational teacher has won praise from one of the country’s leading universities.
Oxford University chose Peter Bardon, who teaches chemistry at The Hermitage Academy in Chester-le-Street, as one of 12 national inspirational teachers.
“I was lost for words when I found out about the award” Peter Bardon
The university scheme was designed to recognise excellent teachers in state schools and colleges and Mr Bardon was nominated by former student, Zoe Walmsley, who is now a first-year student studying biochemistry at Oxford’s St John’s College.
Mr Bardon was invited to the university for a special ceremony where teachers were recognised for their efforts supporting pupils who were successful in getting places at Oxford.
The County Durham teacher said: “I can truly say I was lost for words when I found out about the award.
“It is wonderful to get recognition for something that I feel is an honour to do, which is to work with fantastic young people to realise their dream, which is exactly what happened with Zoe.”
He said during her time at The Hermitage, Zoe wanted to be a biochemist, and added: “I do feel privileged to have been even a small part in helping Zoe achieve her goal.”
Zoe said: “Mr Bardon first introduced me to biochemistry when I was just 11 years old and not having any family member with an interest in science or knowing anyone who had been to university, Mr Bardon became a fantastic source of information and guidance when applying for biochemistry at Oxford.
“Not only was his teaching first-class, Mr Bardon was also a fantastic mentor in times of need during my GCSEs and A-levels.
“As a teacher, Mr Bardon always went the extra mile to ensure everyone in the class achieved their targeted grades.
“The confidence Mr Bardon installed in me has brought me to Oxford and his infectious enthusiasm for science will take me far beyond higher education and for that, I cannot say thank you enough.”
The winning teachers received a trophy, certificate and a £100 book token.