Four Church of England schools from the Diocese of Liverpool were honoured at the prestigious Educate Awards ceremony on Friday 17 November.
Nearly 600 guests gathered for the Educate Awards ceremony held at Liverpool Cathedral, hosted by broadcaster Simon ‘Rossie’ Ross.
The awards, in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, is now in its sixth year and is the biggest celebration of education in the North West.
On the night, 21 awards were handed out to schools in the Liverpool City Region, Lancashire and Cheshire.
The opening act was a 300-strong Super Choir led by musical director Steve Cook from Formby High School. Participating schools included Formby High School; Freshfield Primary School; Redgate Primary School; Saughall All Saints CofE Primary School; St Anne Stanley Primary School and Valewood Primary School.
Guests were also treated to music from St John Rigby College students; a special performance of Beauty and the Beast Jr by Archbishop Blanch School; a fashion show by Holly Lodge Girls’ College and a spoken word performance by five students from The Hollins Technology College.
The District CE Primary School in Newton Le Willows won the Innovative and Creative Literacy Award, which the school also won back in 2015.
Its pioneering ‘Reading is STEMsational’ project set out to develop boys’ reading with a focus on STEM subjects. The impact of the project has been vast – 77% of Key Stage 2 boys reported that STEM year has encouraged them to read more.
Judges said the “inventive project” engaged pupils in literacy “through a clever mix of STEM and writing” and was embraced by the whole school.
Archbishop Blanch School won the Outstanding Arts in Secondary School award for its Beauty & the Beast Jr production. The whole school production was made up of Years 7 to 13 and led by Head of Performance Miss Melluish.
Feedback from judges said: “Archbishop Blanch really got the size, scale and success of this production right. It seems that it was a whole school effort, very professional and commercially successful...that's an achievement.”
St Margaret’s Academy won the Career Aspiration Award for its holistic approach to careers provision which incorporates talks, employee visits, fairs and work experience in to every stage of students’ development.
Judges loved the school’s approach and commented that Data and Careers Manager Greg McClean “seems to have a huge impact on the careers development.”
Ruth Partington, director of maths at The Academy of St Nicholas won the coveted Teacher of the Year award.
Described as “one of the most dedicated teachers and leaders you will meet”, Ruth is an outstanding teacher with a “wicked sense of humour” and most of all a belief that the best way to predict the future is to create it.
Judges said: “Mrs Partington has gone out of her way to assist those who have struggled with the subject to go on to achieve excellent grades. A tear-jerking entry from students and staff alike for this dedicated teacher keen to change lives.”
Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, says: “The Educate Awards is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the teaching profession and say thank you to the remarkable individuals who improve the life chances of our children.
“We are proud to host this event which champions the creativity, diversity and dedication of teachers, school support stars, schools and colleges in the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire and Lancashire. Congratulations to all the winners, runners-up and shortlisted schools.”
The winners were chosen by an esteemed judging panel which includes Michelle Dow, managing director of All About STEM; James Tartt, Merseyside track athlete and architect; Radio City breakfast host Leanne Campbell; Councillor Gary Millar, assistant mayor & mayoral lead for business & international trade; Chris Walker, regional managing editor of Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales; Lesley Martin-Wright, chief executive of Knowsley Chamber; Fiona Barnet, director of The Foundry Agency; Andrew Pimbley of Wirral’s Claremont Farm; Sue Cronin, head of teacher education at Liverpool Hope University and the education team at the respected Everyman and Playhouse Theatres.
Held in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh as title sponsors, other category sponsors include Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU); The Foundry Agency; Wray Brothers; Paul Crowley & Co; The Bishop of Liverpool, The Rt. Revd. Paul Bayes; MILK Education; The Liverpool Learning Partnership (LLP); Shaping Futures; All About STEM; Hi-Impact Consultancy; LSSP; Air Products; School Improvement Liverpool; CER Education, DMR David M Robinson Jewellery & Watches, and Progress Schools.