Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown has quit her job as a PE teacher to follow her dreams of being a professional baker.

She told The Mirror of her “agonising” decision to leave her teaching position but revealed her boss told her not to miss out.

The 31-year-old managed to prevail over Jane Beedle and Andrew Smyth in this year’s final but then returned to teaching at Ashlyns School in Hertfordshire.

But it was only after a word from the headteacher of the school that she decided to make the jump.

After leaving the secondary school on Friday, Brown said: “This has been such an agonising decision to make.

“Never in a million years did I ever go into the show thinking this would happen. That is why I have been back at school teaching since I won the final.

“I have been teaching for about eight years now and I love it. But since winning the final, I have also been completely bowled over by the amazing opportunities that I have been offered.”

There are no hard feelings from her colleagues and students, who have wished her all the best in her pursuits.

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“At first, I kept telling the school I would stay until December, but they were so incredible and told me I had to grab everything whilst I could.

“My headteacher told me: ‘You’ve got to do this, you can’t do it half-heartedly. I wouldn’t forgive myself if you missed out. It’s not that we don’t want you here but you have to give it 100%.

“If we can’t encourage our staff to follow their dreams and inspire, then we are not doing our job properly. You are showing the kids that anything is possible.”