North West Wales

'X factor' Bangor teacher wins UK award

A primary school teacher who has got "the X factor" has been voted teacher of the year.

Llew Davies, deputy head teacher at Ysgol Cae Top in Bangor, took top prize at the annual Teaching Awards.

Judges said he would be remembered by children for the rest of their lives.

Retired teacher Peter Jones from Neath Port Talbot, and governor Philip Capper from Colwyn Bay were also recognised.

Mr Davies is an ICT trainer for the local authority and is known for his innovative approaches to teaching and willingness to share his expertise with others. He is also an advisory teacher for science.

His colleagues have paid tribute to him as a teacher who "never has a bad day" and who thrives in challenging situations.

Mr Davies, who was recently appointed deputy head teacher, is involved in the wider life of the school, ranging from taking football and rugby training to leading the school on projects relating to the environment and enterprise.

The judges, who observed him at work, said he was "a young man with prodigious energy, exceptional interpersonal skills… who relates well to people of all ages".

They added: "Whatever you call it, the X factor, wow factor, that certain twinkle or spark - Llew has it."

After the ceremony Mr Davies, who was nominated by a nine-year-old pupil who raved about his humour and passion for sport, said: "The phone hasn't stopped.

"Teachers from my own school and teachers from different schools round about have been saying well done."

"It's so nice to see our area of north Wales being represented at national awards like these."

Meanwhile Mr Jones, who retired in the summer after a 30-year career at Cefn Saeson comprehensive in Cimla, Neath Port Talbot, won the Ted Wragg Award for Lifetime Achievement, Wales.

His colleagues described the history teacher as "a rock", "a phenomenon", and "a man with extraordinary powers of perception, understanding and intelligence".

Mr Capper, described as an "outstanding servant" to Ysgol Bryn Elian, in Colwyn Bay, where he has been chairman for the past ten years, was awarded the Governor of the Year award.

UK judges said: "There is no doubt that Philip's determination to realise the vision for the school keeps the focus clear and ongoing. He works tirelessly for what he believes to be right "

The Teaching Awards, founded by Lord Puttnam 12 years ago, are open to every school in the UK and reward excellent teachers, headteachers, teaching assistants, governors and schools.

A total of 12 national awards were handed out at Sunday's ceremony by celebrities including Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood, actor Henry Winkler, singer Michael Ball and entrepreneur Levi Roots.

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