Maths teacher, Joy Humphrey is one of only a handful of teachers from around the UK to be honoured with the ‘University of Oxford Inspirational Teachers Award’. The award recognises the crucial role teachers play in encouraging talented students in their schools and celebrates the inspiration, support and encouragement provided by these winning teachers.
Joy was nominated for this award by former student Megan Jones, who is currently in her first year at Trinity College, Oxford studying Materials Science. In her citation, Megan said “Mrs Humphrey thoroughly deserves the Oxford University Inspirational Teachers Award, as without her help and support I would definitely not be here. She is a committed and dedicated teacher whose enthusiasm for maths is inspirational. The Ilfracombe Academy is lucky to have her on staff and I have been very lucky to have had the privilege of being one of her students.”
After learning of her award, Joy said “I am deeply touched to have been given this award by the University of Oxford. I love working with the young people in our Sixth Form and helping them prepare for the next stage of their life. Applying for a place at university can be a daunting experience for students, particularly when they are the first in their family to study for a degree. Here at Ilfracombe all the Sixth Form team support the students as much as possible through the admissions process. It is very rewarding when a hardworking and intelligent student such as Megan goes on to achieve the place that she deserves at a top university.”
The winning teachers are invited to attend an awards ceremony, held at the University of Oxford. Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Andrew Hamilton said: ‘Oxford devotes a great deal of energy and effort to encouraging all those with the ability and potential to apply here, regardless of background – but teachers play a crucial role in supporting and raising the aspirations of the most capable students year on year throughout their careers. I hope this award will send the message that students and universities recognise how valuable the role of a supportive teacher can be.’