A TEACHER has been nominated for an educational ‘Oscar’.

Holywell High School business teacher Martyn Earnshaw was nominated for a Teaching Award in the category of best teacher in Wales.

The awards are the idea of former film director Lord Puttnam, who established the prize 12 years ago through a partnership with the Department of Education.

Current year 13 pupils Beth Jones, Oliver Davies and Emily Harker nominated their teacher for the award.

Mr Earnshaw, 51, from Rhyl, has been a teacher at the school for 10 years.

He said: “I was gobsmacked when I heard. I did not know anything about it. It is nice to know I was nominated by the kids. The children I teach are great.”

Headteacher John Putt said: “The awards are a symbol of excellence in education. We are proud and honoured that one of our teachers is a finalist.

“Mr Earnshaw is the epitome of an outstanding teacher.

“Selfless in all that he does, committed to ensuring all learners achieve the best possible outcomes and highly effective in developing very positive working relationships with learners and his colleagues.

"This accolade is richly deserved; you only have to see what the young people say.”

Mr Earnshaw was observed and interviewed by the judging panel during his teaching day and commendations were given from current and past pupils, staff, parents and governors.

Natalie Davies, a fellow business teacher, said: “His nomination is truly deserved. He is an entirely supportive manager and generous with his advice.”

Mr Earnshaw will hear the results from the Teaching Awards in June.
The winners will receive a Plato – the symbol of excellence in education, at a ceremony in London.