AN engineering tutor from Bridgwater College has been recognised for his outstanding professional achievements with an award at Buckingham Palace.

John Elliott received the City and Guilds President’s Award from the Princess Royal during the annual Prince Philip Medal ceremony.

Mr Elliot has been teaching at the college for 20 years but he began his career in the Royal Navy, where he gained his core engineering knowledge.

He has been praised by his colleagues for going consistently beyond the requirements of the curriculum to set challenges for his students like building pneumatic steam engines and making fully-operational robotic arms.

Mr Elliot said: “Winning the President’s Award is a surreal experience and an immense honour. I’m so proud and indebted to all who have supported and encouraged me.

“I’ve always got a buzz from creating exciting challenges for learners, and it’s an honour to be recognised for that passion.

“I am extremely humbled to receive this award and massively grateful for the unconditional support given to me over the years.”

Lyle Durrant, 24, from Bridgwater, is one of Mr Elliot’s students. He said: “John truly deserves this award. As a teacher John is very supportive and has the ability to inspire everyone.

“He is an exceptional engineer and truly innovative in his teaching. I have learnt a lot from him, and I’m sure many other students feel the same.”