Award for Hykeham French teacher recognised as la crème de la crème

A French teacher at a North Hykeham school has been officially honoured by one of the world’s leading universities.

Sir Robert Pattinson Academy teacher Kate Brooks was one of the few recipients of The Inspirational Teachers Award at a special ceremony at St Peter’s College, Oxford University.

Mrs Brooks had been nominated for the award by former pupil Adam Price, who now studies at the university.

The award was established to recognise the crucial role teachers play in encouraging talented students at their school, and is only given to a handful of teachers across the UK every year.

In a letter to the university, Adam said Mrs Brooks taught her students with “maternal affection, correcting us when we made mistakes and praising us wholeheartedly” when they did well.

“It was Mrs Brooks who first ignited the spark that is still burning today. I hope I have managed to convey Mrs Brooks as a true wonder-woman, for she is nothing short of one,” Adam added.

Mrs Brooks said: “I am shocked and humbled to be given this honour. There are so many inspirational members of staff at the school and this award really belongs to the whole language department for the lengths they go to inspire the students.

“But, of course, I’m thrilled to receive such an honour and it feels particularly special because I was nominated by a pupil who has gone on to realise his full potential.”