A HIGH school geography teacher has been honoured by Oxford University for her role in inspiring one of her former students.

Tracy Rigby, who teaches at Lymm High School, is one of 10 state school teachers recognised in the university’s annual Inspirational Teachers Awards.

She was nominated by Hannah Leighton-Jones, who is currently studying for her first year of a geography degree at Oxford.

Since 2010, the University of Oxford has run a scheme to recognise inspirational teachers from UK schools and colleges, recognising their role in encouraging talented students in their schools or colleges to realise their potential and make a successful application to Oxford.

Each year, current first-year Oxford undergraduates from UK state schools or colleges are asked if they would like to nominate an inspirational teacher.

A letter received from the university thanked Mrs Rigby for inspiring Hannah in the study of geography and for fostering her passion for the subject, also noting the support Mrs Rigby gave throughout the application and interview process.

Mrs Rigby, who has taught for 18 years at Lymm High School, said: “It is my absolute pleasure to share my passion of geography with all students at Lymm and to receive this nomination in respect of inspiring Hannah Leighton-Jones is fantastic.”

All award winners will attend an awards celebration ceremony and formal dinner, held at the Worcester College, Oxford on Friday, May 17.