Mandy Farrar, who has been in the role at Diamond Wood Community Academy, on North Road, for ten years, was presented with the Silver Award for Unsung Hero – from The Pearson National Teaching Awards – at a surprise ceremony at the school on Wednesday, June 21.

“I am so, so proud,” revealed Mandy after receiving her award from the school’s headteacher Sally Titherington. “I am proud of this achievement but I am so proud of Diamond Wood as well because this award is not just me, it’s for the school and the senior leadership team. Without them we wouldn’t all be here. They are just so supportive, which is amazing.”