A HEAD teacher in the Caerphilly county borough has become one of only two in Wales to be awarded the Primary Science Teacher of the Year Award.

Sharon Pascoe, head teacher at Fochriw Primary School, was presented the award in recognition of her efforts to inspire a love of science amongst pupils through hands on projects, including helping them grow and release their own salmon.

Other projects pupils have completed have included researching the lives of local animals and taking part in a Polar expedition project launched by Techniquest.

The awards were established in 2003 and are open to all current practising primary teachers (full or part-time) who are innovative and creative in teaching science; inspire colleagues and contribute to developing science in their school and beyond; and engage pupils in the excitement and fascination of science.

The award follows on from the school’s success last year when they received the Primary Science Gold Quality Mark; the first school in Wales to be receive this.

As a result of the award, Mrs Pascoe has now been inducted into the Primary Science Teacher College as a College Fellow.

Both the school and Mrs Pascoe also received a financial contribution for being successful in the award.

Mrs Pascoe said: “It’s an absolute privilege to receive the award; I feel really quite humbled by it. It was quite a shock to even be nominated, but it’s been really nice for the children.”

Cllr Phillipa Marsden, Caerphilly County Borough Council’s cabinet member for Education and Achievement, added: “I’d like to congratulate Mrs Pascoe on winning this prestigious award. "Fochriw Primary School is delivering excellent standards of learning in science and technology, clearly demonstrated by both Mrs Pascoe’s award and the school’s Gold Quality Mark. I look forward to hearing about more of the school’s exciting science projects.”