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Inspirational Bryntirion teacher honoured by Oxford University

20 May 2016

Bryntirion Comprehensive School’s Head of Sixth Form Jamie Beard has been heralded as one of the most inspirational teachers in the UK by Oxford University.

Each year, the University rewards a select group of teachers from state schools and colleges who have played a key role in helping students gain a place to study at Oxford.

There were ten recipients of this year’s ‘Inspirational Teacher’ awards, with each winner having been put forward by one of their former pupils.

Jamie was nominated by ex-Bryntirion student Adib Tarafdar, who said: “At my school, I was the first ever student to even apply to study medicine at Oxford University, but when choosing my options, the school as a whole really supported me and all my teachers were very proud of my decision – none more so than my biology teacher, Mr Beard.

“I found Mr Beard a constant source of encouragement, not only when applying through UCAS, but also throughout my entire time at the school. He recognised and supported my ability starting all the way back in Year 10, when he first started teaching me. And throughout my time at the school, he has been as equally happy as me, if not happier, with my successes.

The first-year undergraduate added: “This award for Mr Beard truly means a lot to me – getting into Oxford is one of the best things that has ever happened to me, and it is nice to finally be able to give Mr Beard some well-deserved recognition for all the hard work he has put in: not just with me, but with all his present, past and future students too.”

Jamie Beard, who was presented with his award at a special event held at St Peter’s College, said: “I feel very honoured that the hard work of everyone in our school has been recognised by such a prestigious institution as Oxford University. We are so proud of Adib and his achievements and are so delighted to hear how well he is getting on.

“A truly talented individual, the very fact he thought and found the time at such as busy period to nominate myself just typifies his humble and dignified nature. As clichéd as it sounds it is students like Adib that continue to inspire us as teachers and we wish him every success in what we are sure will be a very bright future.”

Congratulating Jamie on his success, Councillor Huw David, the Deputy Leader of Bridgend County Borough Council, said: “Last August, Bryntirion Comprehensive School celebrated record A Level results, and Adib was one of the many exceptional pupils from that year group who excelled.

“Everyone remembers an excellent teacher, and it is wonderful to hear that Mr Beard made such an impression on Adib by helping him to achieve a place at one of the world’s leading universities.

“To have been chosen as one of only ten teachers from across the UK to receive this award is an outstanding achievement and I would like to extend my congratulations to Mr Beard.”

Dr Samina Khan, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Oxford, said: “The Inspirational Teachers Awards are a way of recognising the importance of school or college teachers in encouraging bright students to realise their potential and make a successful application to Oxford, especially those who might not have initially believed they were Oxford material.

“This is particularly true for teachers who champion students who might be the only ones in their year – or even their school’s history – with the academic ability and drive to apply to Oxford. Winning a place at Oxford takes hard work and dedication, and having the support of a committed teacher is for many students what makes the difference.”

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