Fifteen church schools recognised for inspiring pupils in the North West

Church of England Schools from Merseyside and Lancashire will take part in a prestigious awards ceremony at Liverpool Cathedral on the 20th November 2015

Having been nominated for awards from science and the arts to careers aspiration, commitment to sport, leadership in teaching and SEND provision.

The Rt Revd Richard Blackburn, Bishop of Warrington, who chairs the Board of Education for Liverpool Diocese said:
“I visit many church schools every year; I am always very impressed by the way they bring out the best by combining academic excellence with the strong pastoral care which is rooted in our Christian values.”

Judges for the Educate Awards, for which eligibility this year for the first time included schools beyond Merseyside, were football icon Robbie Fowler, Olympian Steve Smith, North West region business managers as well as Everyman and Playhouse Theatres education teams.  The judges remarked on the variety of entries across nineteen categories and the exceptional standard of submissions, concluding that the passion and innovation showcased throughout made choosing this year’s shortlist the most difficult yet.

Primary and Secondary Church of England Schools were nominated including Bishop David Sheppard Church of England (Aided) Primary School in Southport, which is shortlisted in five categories and secondary school Archbishop Blanch which is shortlisted in four.

Karen Murphy, Head Teacher of Bishop David Sheppard School said:
"Living out our Mission Statement, Following Jesus, Together We Succeed, guides all that we do and creates the ethos of our school; a school in which every individual is valued.  Our Christian Values support and guide the members of our community, staff and children alike, to live and learn together.  Through these values we support our children in taking responsibility for their learning and for becoming caring, thoughtful people well prepared for an ever changing world; enjoying challenge, faith and success at every level."

Speaking recently at the formal opening of Archbishop Blanch School the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool said:
"Archbishop Blanch is an excellent example of a fully rounded church school matching high academic standards with deep pastoral care, enriched by a strong faith-based ethos and a clear understanding of Christ’s teaching."

Stephen Whittaker, Director of Education for Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education, said:
"I am delighted to learn of the successful nominations for Archbishop Temple School - such nominations go to show the outstanding work that goes on every day in church schools."

Nigel Genders, Chief Education Officer for the Church of England said:
"This is very good news and a clear sign that emphasis on a broad education for all is at the heart of our schools. The commitment of teachers, staff and parents is to be applauded and I am delighted that so many pupils are benefitting from their inspirational dedication." 

Church of England schools shortlisted:
  • Halewood C of E Primary - Most Inspirational Primary School
  • Billinge St Aidens C of E Primary School - Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Primary School
  • Childwall C of E Primary - Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Primary School
  • Archbishop Blanch C of E School - Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Secondary School, Innovative and Creative Literacy Award, Career Aspiration Award, Innovation in Education Award
  • St Margaret’s Academy - Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Secondary School, Communication Award, Spirit of Enterprise Award
  • Archbishop Temple School - Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Arts in Secondary School, Outstanding Teaching of Life Skills
  • Rainford C of E Primary School - Spirit of Enterprise Award, SEND Provision Award
  • The District CE Primary School - Innovative and Creative Literacy Award
  • Bishop David Sheppard Primary School - Community Partnership Award, Eco School Project of the Year, Innovative and Creative Literacy Award, Science Project of the Year, Leadership Team of the Year
  • Faith Primary School - Outstanding Arts in Primary School, WOW Recognition Award
  • ESLA - Career Aspiration Award
  • St Oswalds C of E Primary - Outstanding Arts in Primary School, Outstanding Teaching of Life Skills