A DEDICATED Pershore High School teacher has been recognised for his lifetime contribution to teaching German.
Ivan Crouchley, who is retiring from 32 years of teaching this year, was just one of three teachers in the UK to be recognised at the prestigious 2016 German Teacher Award ceremony on Tuesday (June 21), by the German Embassy in London.
He received his award at the Royal Horseguards Hotel in Whitehall, in the presence of the German Ambassador, Dr Peter Ammon and the Rt Hon Lord Watson of Richmond CBE.
Over his time in education, Mr Crouchley has worked at South Bromsgrove High School and Nunnery Wood High School in Worcester, before joining Pershore High School in 2003 as head of modern languages.
Headteacher Clive Corbett said: “I’m delighted Ivan has been recognised. I can’t think of another person more deserving of this award. Ivan is an intelligent, caring and committed man who values the highest principles of his profession.
“He provides an impressive professional example at all times and is popular with colleagues and students alike.
“Since his time with the school, Ivan has developed and greatly strengthened the exchange trips to both France and Germany. He has also encouraged the school to build on the strong link Pershore has with its German twin town, Bad Neustadt.
“When musicians came over from the German town for the annual Pershore Plum Festival, Ivan organised accommodation for them and their families. He is an excellent teacher.”