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Honour for Channel swim teacher

Olly White
Olly White raised 4,000 a year

A governor who helped deliver his school's piglets and a teacher who swam the Channel are among those honoured in the annual South West Teaching Awards.

Teachers and people who work in schools across the region have been recognised at a ceremony in Torquay.

Andy Moir is South West Governor of the Year for his work at Sir Robert Geffery's CE Primary School, Saltash.

Olly White, from Kentisbeare CE Primary School, won Teacher of the Year after raising 4,000 with his swim.

'Always laughing'

Mr Moir - who juggles his work as a governor with his job as an independent financial advisor, as well as helping with the piglets - has obtained grants for solar panelling to heat water and to buy farm machinery for the school farm.

He also organised youth and sports clubs in the local village, and urged other schools from urban areas to visit them.

Seven of the 11 honours on offer at the region's annual teaching awards went to teachers in Devon.

Mr White won the BT Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School in the South West.

Steve Baker
Steve Baker is head teacher of the year

When his school needed money to fund transport for pupils' swimming lessons, he swam the Channel and raised 4,000.

His pupils say he is "the best teacher in the world, always laughing and making lessons exciting".

The Head Teacher of the Year is Mark Lees from Southway Primary, while the Special Needs Teacher of the Year is John Davies from Torquay's Coombe Pafford School.

Secondary Teacher of the Year went to Devonport High School for Girls' James Gregory, while Lipson's Steve Baker has been awarded the Royal Air Force Award for Head Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School.

He was recognised for innovations at the specialist Performing Arts College such as "collapsed curriculum" days.

'Amazing lady'

Teaching assistant Sarah Felgate was recognised for her work with Barnstaple's Orchard Vale Community School.

The Tedd Wragg Award for Lifetime Achievement went to Hilary Green, the head of Southbrook College in Exeter, described by the judges as "an amazing lady who has given her life to the furtherment of better standards for all those who have come into contact with her".

Upton Cross
BBC's Justin Leigh with pupils at Upton Cross in front of the school's turbine

In Cornwall, pupils at Upton Cross in Cornwall, which has its own wind turbine, saved more than 4,000 copies of the Yellow Pages from being dumped into landfill last year.

Instead, the directories were shredded, recycled and turned into animal bedding.

Its wind turbine generates a third of its electricity in term-time and surplus power produced during the holidays is sold to the national grid.

The school, which has 84 pupils, had won the South West Award for Sustainable Schools.

Teachers from Roskear Primary School and Falmouth School were also recognised for their work.


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