A Huddersfield principal has been named as one of the nation’s most inspirational educators at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Selected from thousands of nominations, Angela Williams won a Gold Award in the Pearson National Teaching Awards for Lifetime Achievement. The ceremony followed a week-long celebration of these education award winners on the BBC every night on The One Show.

The week ended with all the award-winning teachers, teaching assistants, lecturers and school staff being presented with their trophies at a glamorous ceremony at The Brewery in the City of London.

They say each award winner has repeatedly gone above and beyond their role to change the lives of their students, supporting them and their families, and helping them move towards a brighter future. The Pearson National Teaching Awards is an annual celebration of excellence in education, founded in 1998 by Lord Puttnam to recognise the life-changing impact an inspirational teacher can have on the lives of the young people they work with.

Angela said: “This is such a special way to bring my 37-year career to a close and I will treasure this award forever. I have worked with thousands of young people and colleagues in that time, and the fact they have taken the time to nominate me for this award means the world to me.