A music teacher from Suffolk has said he is "deeply honoured" after being nominated for a prestigious national award.

Edward Allen, director of music at Royal Hospital School in Holbrook, near Ipswich, has been named as a finalist in the distinguished Pearson National Teaching Awards.

He has been nominated for the Teacher of the Year in a secondary school category.

Th awards are an annual celebration of education, recognising the work of teaching across the UK, with 16 awards given out covering primary, secondary and further education sectors.

Mr Allen has been teaching at Royal Hospital School (RHS) for eight years, and oversees the day-to-day running of RHS' music school.

Ipswich Star: Edward AllenEdward Allen (Image: Royal Hospital School)

He was shortlisted as a result of his dedication and passion for education, along with his love of teaching and inspiring students and colleagues.

Mr Allen said: "I am deeply honoured to be recognised as a finalist in the Teacher of the Year category at The Pearson National Teaching Awards.

"This acknowledgement is a reflection of the incredible support and collaboration within the RHS community.

"Teaching music is so much more than just notes on a page; it's about inspiring young minds and fostering a love for creativity and expression.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to support our young people on their creative journeys every day."

Simon Lockyer, headmaster at RHS added: "He embodies the essence of excellence in education at RHS.

"His dedication, passion, and commitment to nurturing the talents of our students is truly remarkable.

"Being shortlisted as a finalist in the Teacher of the Year category is a testament to his unwavering dedication and the impact he has on our school community.

"We are immensely proud of Ed and his well-deserved recognition."

Mr Allen will find out whether he has won the award on National Thank a Teacher day on June 19.