A top maths teacher has attended a reception at the House of Commons after receiving a national award.
As previously reported in the Mercury, Mario Monteforte, 28, from Casterton College Rutland recently won a Silver Teaching Award in the Pearson Teaching Awards 2016.
Thousands of nominations were made, but just 55 teachers across the country received the prestigious award.
He is now in the running for a Gold Plato Award and will find out if he has been successful at a ceremony in London on October 23.
Silver Award winners were invited to attend a reception at the House of Commons where they met the competition judges.
Speaking about the experience, Mario said: “Having only ever been on the outside of Westminster before this day, it was a very strange and surreal experience to be walking through the entrance of the building and passing through airport style security.
“Due to arriving early, I was able to take up the opportunity of entering the public gallery, and observing a live debate.”
One familiar face Mario met up with Sarah Dignasse, one of the judges who visited Casterton College as part of the judging process
Speaking to Mario, she said: “The students are an absolute credit to the school. You should be very proud of them.”