A student who was awarded a College's top prize has returned the compliment by nominating her teacher for an award from Oxford University.

18 year old Georgina Burt was crowned Student of the Year 2010 at the Tyne Metropolitan College ceremony last night.

Georgina, who comes from Blyth, was a student at the college's Queen Alexandra Sixth Form until last summer. She gained four Grade As at A level and secured a place at Oxford University where she is reading history.

Georgina admits her award came as a surprise, but she had an even bigger shock in store for her former TyneMet teacher, Steven Driver. She nominated him for the inaugural 'University of Oxford Inspirational Teachers Award' which aims to recognise teachers who inspired their students to apply to Oxford, fostered their passion for a particular subject or supported them through the application process. Steven will receive his award in the New Year.

Georgina said: "Winning the top award was a shock but a nice surprise. Studying at Oxford is hard work but it was the right choice. I miss Queen Alex college. It was great and I wouldn't have received the support I got from anywhere else…it is unique"

Steven Driver said: "I am delighted and flattered to receive the University of Oxford Inspirational Teachers Award. This award recognises not only my work with Georgina but the efforts of my other colleagues who helped her achieve her ambition."

The awards ceremony marked a successful year for students from across the College is a wide variety of categories.

  • AS Student of the Year - Ross Wilson, Gosforth, Newcastle
  • Sport Student of the Year - Joe Danquah from Fenham, Newcastle
  • Childcare Studies Student of the Year - Sam Igo from Byker, Newcastle
  • Health and Social Care Student of the Year - Tina Lawler, Longbenton
  • Uniformed Services Student of the Year - Josh Logan Ross, North Shields
  • Travel and Tourism Student of the Year - Kayleigh Ransom, Longbenton
  • North East Sports Academy Student of the Year - Neil McNamara, New Hartley and Natalie Henderson, Wallsend
  • Floristry Student of the Year - Sarah Talbot, North Shields
  • Computing and IT Student of the Year - Richard Talbot, North Shields
  • Art and Design Student of the Year - Paul Brown, Wallsend
  • Hairdressing Student of the Year - Angela Hudson, Whitley Bay
  • Beauty Therapy Student of the Year - Marie Robson, Blyth
  • Catering Student of the Year - Darryl Duffy, Whitley Bay
  • ESOL Student of the Year - Sopha Swaddle, North Shields
  • Access to Higher Education Student of the Year- Maryam Heydari, North Shields
  • Teacher Training Student of the Year - Lee Lowdon, Wallsend
  • Foundation Studies Student of the Year - Michael King from, Byker, Newcastle
  • Engineering Student of the Year - James Storey, West Allotment, Newcastle
  • TyneMet Apprentice of the Year - Tony McElearney, Wallsend
  • Service Industries Student of the Year - Vicky Blythe, North Shields
  • Partnership Student of the Year - Paul Benson, Blakelaw, Newcastle
  • Higher Education Student of the Year - Claire Campbell, Gateshead
  • Skills For Life Student of the Year - Craig Roney, Cramlington
  • Skills For Work Student of the Year - Sarah Crawford, Newcastle
  • Student of the Year 2010 and A2 Student of the Year, Georgina Burt, Blyth

Addressing the audience at the ceremony, College Principal, Jon Vincent said: "This is a very special event in the college calendar. It is a time to congratulate those students whose achievements are a credit to themselves, their families, friends and staff at TyneMet."