A teacher has been honoured after 38 years in the profession.

Sandra Blooman teaches at Davenant Foundation School in Chester Road, Loughton, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Essex Teaching Awards on Wednesday.

She will now be placed on the shortlist for a national award.

Ms Blooman joined Davenant in 1984, having started her teaching career in London in 1976.

She has taught a range of subjects has been Head of the Business and ICT Faculty in recent years.

Ms Blooman said: “I have been so happy in my career and after 38 years this award is the icing on the cake.”

Headteacher Chris Seward said: "We were delighted to nominate Sandra for the Lifetime Achievement Award and she richly deserves the accolade.

"Sandra has a long track record of success with her students. They respond to her consistently high expectations, her enthusiasm and her motivating approach.

"Sandra has been a great support to her colleagues both on a personal level.

“She is a role model to others in the staff room.”