A WESTON Rhyn teacher, described by her pupils as inspirational, has been nominated for a prestigious award.

Head of spoken English at Moreton Hall, Merriel Halsall-Williams, has been put forward as one of the nominees for the Fellowship of the Girls’ Schools Association Award.

Miss Halsall-Williams has been involved with the English Speaking Board for more than 60 years, and her impact on public speaking has been described as ‘unique and immeasurable’.

She admits the nomination was unexpected and said she feels very humbled.

Miss Halsall-Williams said: “This was so unexpected and I am very grateful.

“It has made me think back to how many girls’ schools I have taught in and to how many pupils have gone on to achieve awards for public speaking.”

Representing the heads of many of the top performing day and boarding schools in the UK independent sector, The Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) encourages high standards of education for girls and promotes the benefits of being taught in a largely girls-only environment.

Fellows are typically nominated for being inspirational individuals, who embody the values of the GSA.

This year’s fellowship awards will be decided by a vote on Tuesday, November 17.