A Northamptonshire school administrator has been named as one of the nation’s most inspirational educators on BBC One’s The One Show.

Selected from thousands of nominations, Carolynn Southcombe of Cottingham CofE Primary School won a coveted Gold Award in the Pearson National Teaching Awards.

Using a disguise, TV star Alex Jones had arrived at the school pretending to be a baker delivering an urgently needed cake to surprise Carolynn.

Carolynn said: “I was overwhelmed to have been nominated in the first instance. Winning the gold is incredible and also a testament to Cottingham CofE Primary School – it really is an amazing place to work. I want to thank Mr Scott the headteacher for nominating me and letting me be me, leading the children in various activities to help get that important message across about looking after their mental health and wellbeing. I want to thank the children who really make our school the amazing place it is and all the staff and school community for their support.”