A Ribblesdale High School teacher has won the Silver Pearson Teaching Award.

Louise Porter, of Ribblesdale High School in Clitheroe was unaware she had received the Silver Pearson Teaching Award, when she was presented with it on Friday 22 June at the school.

Mrs Porter is one of 65 winners in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, where celebrations took place everywhere for the winning teachers, teaching assistants, head teachers, and lecturers.

After winning the award, Mrs Porter was overjoyed, and said: "I was delighted and honoured to accept the silver award and I will endeavour to achieve the gold award in order for my innovative use of technology in the classroom to be further recognised. Ribblesdale has been incredibly supportive of my ambitions to succeed and has nurtured my passion to use technology in the classroom."

Head-teacher at the school, Stephen Cox said: "It is fantastic that Louise has gained this prestigious award. Her commitment, innovation and creativity in engaging pupils in English using new technologies has been amazing and deeply impressive. All the staff at Ribblesdale are extremely proud of the national recognition she so richly deserves.

"Most importantly, the quality of her teaching has been greatly enhanced by her imaginative and effective use of new technologies in the classroom and it is wonderful that this is recognised by pupils, parents, colleagues and now the Pearson Teaching Awards."

Mrs Porter will now join others at the glitzy 20th UK ceremony of the Pearson Teaching Awards in central London on the 21st of October. They will also find out who has won one of just 12 Gold Plato Awards.

The ceremony will be filmed by the BBC, and has included previous hosts such as David Cameron, Alison Steadman, and sports and tv personalities Helen Clover, Shirley Ballas, Brendan Cole, and Nadiya Hussain.

The celebrations were also part of Thank A Teacher Day, on the 22nd of June, where anyone is encouraged to send a free postcard to teachers that have helped inspire them.