Mr Fleming is top of the class at awards

Paul Fleming at the Forth Awards
Paul Fleming at the Forth Awards

A head teacher said he was “humbled” to win an award after parents and children at Kinneil Primary School in Bo’ness nominated him.

Paul Fleming won teacher of the year at the Forth Awards in the Usher Hall in Edinburgh last week and said he has been totally blown away by the reaction.

He said: “I was extraordinarily shocked to find out I was nominated.

“I’m not one who looks for personal accolades, but the reaction from parents and staff has just been overwhelming.”

Mr Fleming has worked at Kinneil Primary School since 2010 and took up the role of head teacher in 2012. He grew up in Ireland and now lives in Dunfermline. He said he loves working at the school and the kids are “just brilliant”.

The Forth Awards took place on Thursday, November 19 and Mr Fleming didn’t realise how big an event it was going to be.

He said: “I didn’t quite appreciate the size of the event, there were VIP tables and to share a stage with the likes of Travis and Charlie Puth was just incredible.”

Despite being shocked to be involved with such a glittering affair, the head teacher said, on reflection, it was an honour.

He added: “I’m totally humbled by the reaction and I should probably just retire now to end on a good note!”