Hero’s welcome

The Arts and Textiles teacher at Alperton Community School in Brent, North London was named as one of the world’s top 10 teachers in February, after she learnt 35 different languages to better communicate with her pupils and their parents.

Andria Zafirakou was hailed by judge and Microsoft mogul Bill Gates for helping to build bridges in a community packed with migrant families by learning languages like Gujarati, Hindi, Tamil, Portuguese, Somali, Arabic, Romanian, Polish, Urdu and Italian.