Winning ways in classroom scoops award

Priory Academy's Rebecca Honeyman
Priory Academy's Rebecca Honeyman
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A Penwortham teacher is one of just 300 in the country to be awarded a CREST award.

Rebecca Honeyman, who teaches at Priory Academy, received the accolade from the British Science Association for outstanding support.

She oversaw 379 students from the Crow Hills Road school completing a bronze, silver or gold CREST award in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) related project over numerous weeks to earn the coveted award.

The 33-year-old science teacher said: “It’s great as it means that once again the pupils’ hard work has been recognised and that all they need is someone to show them how they can succeed.”

Ms Honeyman has worked at Priory since 2006 and oversaw the project which helped record breaker Jamie Edwards to become the youngest fusioneer in the world at the school last year.

She added: “It means a lot to me to be one of those teachers that enables their students to explore their environment and achieve a well recognised award regardless of age or ability.”

She juggles teaching in Priory’s new £750,000 science block with looking after her three-year-old son William.

She added: “I hope one day he goes to a school like Priory where the school goes over and above their requirements to enable them to succeed. It makes me proud to work at Priory and to keep offering these extra awards in our own time because ultimately it is the children that benefit and want to study more STEM subjects and go on to be future scientists.”