"I know for sure that I do not deserve this award but I am so happy to be able to accept it on behalf of such a wonderful school community."
Even when accepting a well-deserved recognition of his achievement, determination and bravery, chemistry teacher Peter Bellenger attributes it to his school, Brighton College.
Mr Bellenger won the special services to independent education award at the Tes Independent School Awards on Thursday night. And although he couldn't attend the ceremony personally, he stole the show when he moved the audience (several to tears) with this special acceptance video.
The judges said: “Peter Bellenger is deemed to be an inspirational teacher, supported by his results, and his stoic defiance in the face of a debilitating illness is to be admired. Peter’s mentoring of pupils and coaching of colleagues is further evidence of his dedicated engagement to the Brighton College community.
“It is clear from the application that he has a flair for building and sustaining relationships across the entire school over many years, demonstrating a commitment to the pursuit of excellence within teaching that is highly commendable.”