The principal of Foyle View School in Londonderry has been named Northern Ireland's secondary school head teacher of the year.
Michael Dobbins was presented with the award at a ceremony in the Waterfront Hall in Belfast on Monday.
He said it was recognition of the important role the special school sector was playing in Northern Ireland.
"It's great for me but most of all it's great for the school because everything we do is a team effort," he added.
Mr Dobbins has been head at Foyle View for the past nine years, it caters for children with severe learning difficulties, ranging from complex medical conditions to autism.
He will now go forward to the national head teacher of the years awards, which will be held in London in October.
Earlier this week, Isabel McNally from the Fountain Primary School was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to education.