Congratulations to Emma Read (pictured L), of St Albans RC High School in Torfaen, Wales. She is one of 10 winners who will receive an Inspirational Teachers Award this year from Oxford University.

'For the entirety of my time in Emma's classroom, I was happy and engaged. I looked forward to feeling as though I was wanted and involved, and she saw in me what she deemed to be a 'talent'', said Laura McGriele (pictured R), as part of her nomination to recognise her teacher.

The first-year student of English Language and Literature at Lady Margaret Hall added: 'Ever since that day six years ago, she hasn’t stopped. Every day Emma would remind me that I was worth something more than I could ever hope to believe, and every day since I tried to emulate a small amount of the faith that she has placed in me.'

Congratulations @EmmaRead48 of @starchsch on winning a thoroughly-deserved Inspirational Teacher Award from @UniofOxford. Well done Emma on making such a positive difference to the lives of young people in the valley - your work is greatly appreciated and valued.

— Nick Thomas-Symonds (@NickTorfaenMP) May 3, 2019




LMH first year student Laura McGriele and Inspirational teacher award winner Emma Read (L)

The Inspirational Teachers Awards recognise the importance of school or college teachers in encouraging talented students to realise their potential and make a successful application to Oxford. Each year, current first-year Oxford undergraduates from UK state schools or colleges with a limited history of sending students to Oxford are asked if they would like to nominate an inspirational teacher.

The programme also commended Peter Jackson of Penrice Academy in Cornwall, South West, who was nominated by LMH's Isabel May (Classics).

The winning teachers and their nominating students will attend an awards ceremony held by the University of Oxford at Worcester College on 17 May 2019.