A SCIENCE technician and Duke of Edinburgh Award coordinator at Court Fields School has been recognised as an ‘unsung hero’ in prestigious national awards.

Adam Etherington won the ‘Silver Award’ for ‘unsung hero’ in the Pearson National Teaching Awards - beating thousands of others across the country who were nominated for the prize.

Mr Etherington is said to be an “integral part” of the team at Court Fields School. He has been acknowledged for his unswerving dedication and popular initiatives, including his weekly ‘Bug Club’ which attracts more than 50 students to learn about insect life.

Mr Etherington also deeply involves himself in outdoor activities including the Exmoor Challenge and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, where he helps teach leadership skills and resilience to students.

He has also helped to train therapy dogs, Spot and Flint, who are said to offer “invaluable support” to students suffering from mental health challenges. His commitment to good mental health extends to his ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ events which supports members of staff. Even organisers described Mr Etherington as a “beacon of hope.”

Michael Morpurgo, author, former Children’s Laureate, and President of the Teaching Awards Trust, said: “The work and devotion of all of those who play a role in educating young people is phenomenal. Not only do they play a vital role in shaping minds inside the classroom, often they continue to encourage, support, motivate and inspire beyond. That’s why it is important for us to take a moment on this National Thank a Teacher Day to recognise their efforts.  

“I am also thrilled to be able to congratulate this year’s Silver Award winners and recognise the amazing contributions and commitment they have shown is shaping the lives of the next generation - thank you.” 

Sharon Hague, managing director of school assessment and qualifications at Pearson UK, said:  “We're delighted to recognise this year’s Silver Award winners on their outstanding achievements. The contributions they make and the impact they have on young people’s lives every day is truly exceptional. We're extremely proud to support the National Teaching Awards and mark the achievements of all our very worthy winners. Thank you for your continued work and congratulations!”