A headteacher has been named an Unsung Hero after going above and beyond to care for pupils during lockdown.

Christopher Stoyles was nominated by his staff at Ladock School for an Unsung Hero Award, which he was presented during a special Zoom meeting with the High Sheriff of Cornwall Kate Holborow.

Due to strict social distancing rules in schools throughout the country, Chris received his surprise award from a colleague on behalf of the High Sheriff, who congratulated him on the award and offered praise and thanks for his commitment during the Covid-19 pandemic.

In their nomination, the school said that Chris had gone "above and beyond what would normally be expected of a headteacher," adding: "His empathy and commitment to the children and staff in his care has been amazing."

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Christopher Stoyles was given his award in a Zoom meeting with Cornwall High Sheriff Kate Holborow

Elaine Milling, from the school, wrote: “In March, when schools went into lockdown, Chris took it upon himself to enable the school to operate as a hub, offering provision to children of key workers and vulnerable families.

"This meant that children from Grampound Road School, Grampound with Creed School and Ladock School were offered a safe environment throughout the school term, as well as during the Easter and half term holidays.”

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At the beginning of June, when school places were increased further to key year groups, Chris and his team "worked tirelessly" to allow children to return to a safe environment while still offering essential services such as wraparound care.

Understanding the needs of the community, Chris opted against phone calls to check on families' well-being, instead choosing to visit in person - meaning he often travelled up to 500 miles per week from his home in Penzance.

During these visits, Chris was able to offer families essential food parcels from the Hive Cornwall, as well as school laptops to help children learn from home.

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Chris has now been at Ladock for a number of years but initially took the leadership post two months after his 26th birthday, making him one of the youngest head of schools in the country at that time.

The school said: "This award is recognition for all his commitment and a huge thank you from the Ladock School Community.

"The staff feel incredibly privileged to have him at the top of their team."

Other nominations for the High Sheriff of Cornwall’s Unsung Hero Award can be sent, with a brief description about why the person should win and contact details for further information, by email to the High Sheriff’s office via HSofCornwall@gmail.com until February 28, 2021.

All nominations will be acknowledged and responded to within a month.