Staff at a Birkenhead school have been acknowledged as stars of the education profession after being shortlisted for a prestigious award known as the "Oscars for Teachers.’"

Kilgarth School has finalists in three categories in the Pearson Awards: Helen Pullin is shortlisted for ‘Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year,’ Jene Westlake for ‘Outstanding New Teacher of the Year’ and the entire staff are vying for the title ‘Outstanding School Team of the Year.’

Headteacher Steven Baker said: “On a daily basis I am able to work with the most amazing young people.

"I also have the privilege of leading the most inspirational team of dedicated professionals I have ever met so I am delighted that they have been recognised in this way.”

Councillor Tony Smith, Wirral Council’s cabinet member for children and family services commented:“The Pearson Teaching Awards help to showcase the incredible work that teachers do.

“To be shortlisted for not just one, but three national awards, is testament to the standards and commitment at Kilgarth. The staff are clearly very highly thought of.”

The results will be announced on May 16 and a special awards ceremony will be broadcast on television in the autumn.

Rod Bristow, president of awards sponsor Pearson UK said:“Supporting the Pearson Teaching Awards gives us a unique opportunity to champion exceptional teaching professionals across the UK.

“All young people deserve the very best chance to make progress in their lives through education. That is why we believe it’s vital to recognise inspirational teachers, for their commitment to teaching and learning and improving the life chances of the next generation.”