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Bob Seely MP has praised an Isle of Wight English teacher who has won an Oxford University award after being nominated by a former pupil.

Sam Lapham, who is currently studying at Oxford, nominated Richard Dunsterville from The Bay CE School in Sandown for the University of Oxford Inspirational Teacher Award.

The scheme allows talented students from schools who do not have track record of having pupils go to Oxford to nominate a teacher who inspired or supported them.

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Mr Dunsterville has been announced as the winner of the 2019 award.

Bob has said:

“I am delighted a teacher from The Bay has won this award and I thank Sam for nominating Mr Dunsterville.

“Both pupil and teacher have set a great example of what Islanders can do and how excellence can be achieved.

“A teacher that is able to inspire a pupil to realise their potential is something we must recognise and promote and I congratulate them both.”

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Mr Dunsterville, who is head of the English department at the school, will now attend a formal awards ceremony and dinner at Oxford in May.

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