A local teacher has been honoured by Oxford University for having an ‘inspirational’ and lasting impact on a former pupil.
Mr Matthew Southern-Myers, a geography teacher at Elthorne Park High School in West London, who previously taught at Cranford Community College in Hounslow, is one of ten teachers from across the state school and college sector to have won a 2019 Oxford University ‘Inspirational Teachers’ award.
The initiative is designed to celebrate and show appreciation for the crucial role that teachers in state schools and colleges play in encouraging talented young people’s aspirations against the odds, and helping them to realise their potential.
A selection of current first-year Oxford undergraduates were asked to nominate teachers who inspired them to apply to Oxford, drove their passion for a particular subject and supported them to prepare for interviews and the notoriously challenging interview process. The students selected were all from state schools or colleges with low traditions of sending students to Oxford.
The winners will receive their awards from Professor Martin Williams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Oxford University on Friday 17 May at a ceremony held at Worcester College.