A SECONDARY school teacher from Biggar is to be honoured by Oxford University for the inspirational role he played for one of his former students.

Graeme Morrison, a history teacher at Biggar High School, is one of ten state school teachers recognised in Oxford’s annual Inspirational Teachers Awards.

He was nominated by 18-year-old Kathryn Sandilands, who is currently studying Law with French Law at Pembroke College, Oxford.

A delighted Graeme said: "I was taken aback when I received the news that Kathryn had nominated me for this award, and I am overwhelmed that she felt I was deserving of recognition.

"I am honoured to receive this award from such a prestigious institution – however, I must stress that pupils like Kathryn make a teacher’s job very easy indeed.

"She is a model student with all the attributes, both academic and personal, to succeed in whatever she wishes to do in the coming years. I am very grateful she took the time to recognise my work."

The Inspirational Teachers scheme recognises the role teachers and careers advisers play in encouraging talented students in their schools or colleges. A selection of current first-year Oxford undergraduates were asked to nominate teachers or careers advisers who inspired them to apply to Oxford, fostered their passion for a particular subject, or supported them through the application process.

Kathryn, who is also from Biggar, said: "Mr Morrison was the first person to tell me I’d make a good lawyer, and without his support I would never even have considered the University of Oxford as a possibility.

"But Mr Morrison is the kind of teacher who pushes people to find out what they’re capable of, and he deserves to be reminded of the kind of impact that can have.

"This award is a thank you for four years of enthusiasm, kindness and support."

The winning teachers will receive their awards at a ceremony held at Oxford’s St Peter’s College on Friday, May 19.