A KINGSWINFORD teacher was invited to Google headquarters in California to receive a prestigious award.

The Google Roots in Science and Engineering (RISE) award was presented CAS#include, a national organisation formed by teachers, academics and professionals in February last year, which gives students the opportunity to study computing regardless of gender, race, special educational needs or disabilities.

Rebecca Franks, a computer science teacher at The Kingswinford School, is an active leader of the organisation and flew out to the US to receive the award, which is given to non-profit organisations that are trying to inspire the next generation of computer scientists.

More than 800 organisations applied for the award and CAS #include was one of the 42 to receive it.

As well as gaining recognition for their work, the group was given $10,000, which will enable them to continue their work for the coming year.

The group provides support for teachers and give students opportunities to attend workshops and see what studying computer science is like.

Mrs Franks said: “I am so proud to be part of an organisation that is making a difference to the lives of students. Being recognised by Google for our achievements has been a great boost and we are confident that we can put on an excellent programme for students and teachers in the coming year.

"When I found out that I had been invited to Google in California I was shocked and excited. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity that could not be missed.”

Bronwyn Hedley , headteacher at The Kingswinford School added: “This accolade is testimony to the enthusiasm of Mrs Franks and her dedication to computer science and the students here at the school. It’s absolutely superb and will impact greatly on students’ achievements.”