HE'S used to going the extra mile - literally.

But now Shaw deputy head teacher and epic adventurer, Steve Hill MBE, has been recognised for going the extra smile in The National Happiness Awards.

The St Joseph's RC Primary School teacher was awarded the Happiest School Person at a ceremony in MediaCity, in Salford.

Action man Steve - who has also been instrumental in helping the school raise over £85,000 for various charities with a host of testing challenges in some of the world's toughest locations - was given the accolade after being nominated by parents.

One said: "I have first hand experience with the magic, happiness and fun Steve brings to his classroom everyday.

"He taught two of my children and they have continued his example throughout secondary school.

"Steve certainly goes above and beyond his role as a teacher and inspires each and every child to put 10 per cent into everything they do. Even if they fail he continues to encourage them to carry on.

"He instils respect, love and care into the children for one another and for others around the world less fortunate.

"Steve involves the children in charity fundraising for charities close to their hearts but also to support children around the world with this he gives the children a real insight into thinking of others always."

The National Happiness Awards were launched three years ago by learning and development consultancy Laughology.

Around 200 organisations and individuals entered this year and each category was judged by an independent panel which included business experts, HR professionals, education specialists and psychologists.

A very happy Steve told us: "I'm thrilled to have won The National Happiness Award for Happiest School Person 2018.

"It's a lovely award and as a school teacher I think it is so important each day to try and spread a bit of happiness amongst the children.

"I always try and have a smile on my face throughout the day in class and even when running through the jungles and deserts on my challenges I ensure I always run with a smile.

"It's great to be able to share this award with the awesome children at school - they were so excited when they heard I'd won the award. They've been calling me 'Mr Happy' ever since!"

National Happiness Awards founder and Laughology CEO, Stephanie Davies, said: "All the winners and finalists at this year's awards are amazing and a real inspiration.

"They show that happiness is the vital core in a well-rounded and successful education system. Several of our finalists have commented that being recognised for happiness is as important, if not more important, than being recognised by Ofsted. And they all prove that happiness drives success."

Each National Happiness Award category was judged by an independent panel which includes business experts, HR professionals, education specialists and psychologists.