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At special ceremony in the German Embassy in London Robbie Kirk, a modern languages teacher at South Ayrshire Council’s Carrick Academy in Maybole, was presented with the Peter Boaks Award for German Teacher of the Year.

The award is recognition for setting standards of excellence in the teaching of German as a foreign language in the United Kingdom.

Speaking about his award Robbie Kirk said: “I am absolutely ecstatic at receiving this award and still can’t believe it, especially after seeing the high calibre of the other nominees.

“It is vital that we build on this and ensure that modern languages play a central role within Curriculum for Excellence, in order for our young people to compete on the world stage.

“I would also like to thank my school, my department and the Council for their support. It has just been a surreal experience.”

The awards ceremony was hosted by the German Ambassador Boomgaarden and was attended by over 200 teachers and representatives from the education and language teaching sectors from all over the United Kingdom.

Elizabeth Truss JP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare was the keynote speaker at the ceremony.

As well as being presented with a framed certificate to mark the occasion Robbie was awarded a scholarship in Germany with the Goethe-Institut - the organisation responsible for the promotion of German language and culture throughout the world.

Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder said: “The German Teacher Award is given every year to excellent teachers of German who have made an outstanding and dedicated contribution to teaching the language at their school.

“Robbie has already inspired many young people to learn German and I am sure that he will continue to do so in the future.”