Church of England schools scoop prestigious Educate awards

Delight as 5 diocese CofE Schools scoop awards at the Gala ceremony at Liverpool Cathedral last night

Five schools from our diocese won awards on the evening, showcasing the strong education provision present in the region’s primary and secondary schools.

Halewood C of E Primary School picked up one of the evenings most coveted awards, Most Inspirational Primary School.

The judges noted that the school, which earlier this year celebrated its inclusion in The Times list of top 200 best-performing schools in the country, is much more than a beacon of academic excellence and lives up to its motto of ‘Where children believe, achieve and succeed’. 

The Outstanding Commitment to Sport in a Secondary School was awarded to St Margaret’s Church of England Academy for its diverse sports offerings which appeal to pupils of all different abilities and interest. The school has a strong commitment to sport within the curriculum as well as a new and highly innovative approach in broadcasting its sporting news via social media channels.

The Spirit of Enterprise award was presented to Rainford C of E Primary School for its Dragon’s Den project which saw pupils invent a variety of products, including a milkshake bar, sweet kebabs and bath bombs.

The District C of E Primary School in St Helens, won the Innovative and Creative Literacy award for its Year of Reading project, which immersed pupils in reading, sparked a love of literature and cultivated a ‘reading for pleasure’ culture at the school.

Bishop David Sheppard Church of England School in Southport was presented the Leadership Team of the Year award for its remarkable transformation across the spectrum under its current leadership.The school also won the Science Project of the Year award on the evening for its extensive use of science as a learning module and spreading a love of science throughout the school. It received a runners up award in the Community Partnership category. 

Liverpool actor Neil Fitzmaurice hosted the ceremony, while guests were treated to special performances by schools shortlisted for the outstanding arts awards.

The Belvedere Academy Chamber Choir opened proceedings, while pupils from Holly Lodge Girls’ College performed a scene from its production of ‘Blowin a Gale’. Next, the talented Darci Shaw from The Belvedere Academy sang ‘Where is Love’ from its 2014/15 production of Oliver.
Lastly, Andrew Woolcock from Archbishop Temple School entertained guests on the marimba, playing ‘Land’ by Takatsuga Maramatsu.

On the night, 19 awards were handed out to schools in the Liverpool City Region, Lancashire and Cheshire. A great variety of projects and skills were represented, from entrepreneurial awareness, dazzling stage performances, creative literacy initiatives to inspiring community partnerships.  

Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, says: “Every year the judges and I are blown away by the school’s entries and this year was no exception. It’s fantastic to award so many hard working schools and teachers who create such an engaging learning environment.

“Congratulations to all the winners and shortlisted schools, and thank you to each and every school that submitted an entry this year.” 

This has been a marvellous night and a fantastic achievement for these excellent schools. Their success shows the extremely high standards we see in our church schools for both academic excellence and pastoral support.

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Bishop Richard congratulates schools on their success

Bishop Richard, The Bishop of Warrington and Chair of the Board of Education paid tribute to our schools following last nights success.

"This has been a marvellous night and a fantastic achievement for these excellent schools. Their success shows the extremely high standards we see in our church schools for both academic excellence and pastoral support.

"The innovation, leadership and dedication shown by staff, governors and pupils is exemplary and their awards are well deserved. I thank God for all who work so hard to make our church schools strong foundations for young people’s lives”

About the Educate awards

The awards, sponsored by Connex Education, is now in its fourth year and celebrate the inspiring work that goes on inside and outside the school gates.

Find out more at www.educateawards.co.uk