A BIDFORD pupil who is a sucker for science has received an Ogden Trust Primary Scientist of the Year award, from the University of Birmingham.

Bidford on Avon Primary School Year 6 pupil Matthew Tingle has always been interested in science and now has the confidence to follow his passion after being given the award.

The 11-year-old from Bidford, who has been a dedicated science assistant, is now on his way to Alcester Grammar School in September.

He said: "I have really enjoyed science at school and I am looking forward to even more exciting things in the future. I am very proud of my achievement."

Science co-ordinator at the school, Kirstin Ogden, has also been nominated for the Primary Science Teaching Award in the Autumn term, for her work with the Ogden Trust.

She said: "I was nominated for the Primary Science Teaching Award in the Autumn term, through my work with the Ogden Trust.

"I was then awarded in December last year, though the official presentation is combined with the PSTT college fellow conference in June, held this year in Manchester.

"The award has been brilliant for the school, as recognition for our outreach work such including the regular Family Learning Nights, and the award also came with a cheque for £1,000 for the school.

"We have already spent most of this on a visit from Jules Howard 'Wildlife Man' who bought a mobile pond to school, resources and an Environmental Explorer's Day trip".