THE principal of Sparsholt College and Kings' School's head of German have been recognised for their work in support student's development in a county-wide awards ceremony.

Tim Jackson, who has been principal and chief executive, of Sparsholt College since 1998 received the Outstanding Contribution to Education prize in the second Hampshire Education Awards.

Meanwhile, Lindsey Lee, who has led German at Kings' School for 11 years, was handed the teaching and learning award for her work.

They were presented with their awards at an event held at Winchester's Great Hall earlier this month where more than 50 teachers, support staff and governors were recognised.

Nominations were invited from all phases of education. The awards were open to Hampshire-maintained and academy schools, and for the first time this year, Hampshire’s post-16 colleges.

Cllrr Roz Chadd, Hampshire County Council’s executive member for education, said: “I am delighted to hear of the exceptional work of teachers, and support staff both in and out of the classroom, as well as the volunteers in Hampshire schools – supporting Hampshire pupils to grow into young people of whom we can all feel proud.

"They often go above and beyond to help children and young people overcome challenges, and this is an opportunity to say a very special thank you to every member of staff, governor and volunteer. The work of each and every one is important, appreciated and valued by your colleagues and Hampshire County Council.”

Mr Jackson's nomination said: "He has dedicated his career to championing the Further Education sector and inspiring students to recognise and achieve their full potential."

The nomination for Ms Lee said: "Her nomination recognises her not only as an exceptional teacher but as an outstanding classroom practitioner who is always willing to give her own time to support, mentor and coach other colleagues."