A new teacher has gone straight to the top of the class in the eyes of her pupils after being nominated for a national award.
Sarah Doran, who teaches Year 2 children at Langham Primary School, is in the running for new teacher of the year in the 2013 Pearson Teaching Awards.
The awards recognise and celebrate exceptional teachers in schools throughout the country who have excelled over the past year.
Miss Doran was nominated by parents of the pupils she teaches. A judging panel from the awards then visited the school to see her in action before selecting her for the finals.
Miss Doran, 24, joined the school in January last year, having completed her teaching qualifications, and has had a big impact on the children since taking over the role.
She said: “It was quite a shock to be nominated and I was really taken aback but I’m very honoured.
“I’ve really enjoyed my job since moving to the school.
“It’s an outstanding school and I love helping the children, whether it’s with their handwriting, maths or behaviour issues, and even conquering their fears.
“Whatever we’re doing I just try and make the lessons fun for them and they all seem to enjoy themselves.”
Miss Doran took over from popular teacher Di Wilson, who retired after more than 10 years at the school.
Headteacher Janet Lord said she had settled in well and deserved to be in the running for the award.
Mrs Lord said: “She has been excellent with the children and fully deserves to be up for the award.
“It’s fabulous. She really is a star.”
Miss Doran will learn if she was won the award when the results are announced on May 17, to coincide with Thank a Teacher Day.
Miss Doran said she was not sure if she could scoop the award but was just delighted to be recognised.
She added: “I don’t really know if I’ll win or not and I don’t want to tempt fate.
“It’s just nice to have so many nice comments and to be recognised for what I do.
“It’s just brilliant to be nominated.”
For more information about the Pearson Teaching Awards, visit the website at www.teachingawards.com