A PRIMARY school teacher from Barry has been announced as contender in Outstanding New Teacher category in the third Professional Teaching Awards Cymru.

Cadoxton Primary Year 1 and reception teacher, Hannah Cogbill has been nominated and shortlisted for the honour - with the result announced next month.

And Cadoxton Primary School is also up for the Promoting Wellbeing, Inclusion and Relations with the Community award.

Miss Cogbill is one of 17 education professionals from across Wales to be revealed as finalists.

The community honour is awarded to schools who demonstrate leadership in collaborative ventures, sharing excellence across all sectors to improve pupils’ learning and well-being.

Miss Cogbill, 24, was nominated for her honour by Cadoxton Primary School head teacher, Janet Hayward and assistant head teacher, Rhian Milton.

She said: “Since qualifying I have always taught at Cadoxton Primary School.

“As part of the nomination a group of people came to observe me teaching in action, held discussions with myself, my children, the parents of my children and colleagues that I work with.

“I found out that I had been shortlisted in December.

“It was a privilege to have been nominated let alone shortlisted.

“I felt quite overwhelmed - on top of the world about the belief, trust and recognition that others had in me.

“For me teaching is far more than just a job - it is a passion.

“I feel it makes me and the children are just truly amazing.

“My family and friends were so happy for me.

“When I told my dad he had a tear in his eye.

“My family have been very supportive of me since embarking on my journey as a Primary school teacher - supporting me in every part of my journey.

“I just feel so lucky to be in such an innovative, forward thinking school surrounded by an amazingly supportive team! I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for the Cadoxton family.”

The awards celebrate the commitment, dedication and hard work of teachers across Wales.

More than 100 nominations came in from pupils, colleagues and parents and now the best of the best have been shortlisted for an award.

Winners from each of the 10 categories will be announced at a special ceremony at Soughton Hall, in Mold, on Sunday, May 19.