Knowsley schools triumph at Educate Awards

Two outstanding schools from Knowsley were triumphant, on Friday 29 January, after winning at the Educate Awards.

Halewood Church of England Primary School won the Most Inspirational Primary School Award and Plantation Primary School won the Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Primary School Award

Three other Knowsley schools were also named runners up, including: Evelyn Community Primary School for the Mental Health & Wellbeing Award, Finch Woods Academy for the SEND Provision Award and St John Fisher Catholic Primary School for Leadership Team of the Year category.

The ceremony, in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, took place virtually and was streamed on YouTube, due to the current coronavirus restrictions in place. The Educate Awards would have normally been held at the Liverpool Cathedral in November 2020. 

Presented by broadcaster Simon ‘Rossie’ Ross, the live ceremony connected with judges and sponsors, via Zoom, who revealed the winning schools. The event then crossed live to the individuals from the winning schools to find out their reaction in real time.

Each of the 21 awards focus on different aspects of school life, including careers and enterprise, STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, SEND (special educational needs and disabilities), as well as sport, the arts and mental health and wellbeing.

Inspiring individuals are also recognised through the Teacher of the Year Award, School Support Star of the Year Award, and the latest category to be introduced, the School Governor of the Year Award.

Dave Smith, headteacher of Halewood CofE Primary School, said: “We are delighted to receive this award and want to acknowledge that this school community is made up of wonderful people who do an amazing job every single day. 

“Our teachers, support staff, office staff, site manager and cleaners along with a very supportive governing body are bought into the vision, culture and ethos of the school and this is reflected in the job that they do. 

“They always go the extra mile to provide the very best for the children and families that they serve, and this award is recognition for all the inspirational people that work with us to make a difference to children’s lives.”

Simon Hanley, headteacher of Plantation Primary School & Nursery, said: “We are thrilled to have been successful with the Educate Award for Outstanding Commitment to Sport this year. This is our fourth time in being finalists for the award and is the third time we have won, showing our ongoing commitment to the active lifestyles and health of our children and community at Plantation.

“It is testament to the hard work of all our staff and, in particular, our PE & sports leader Mr Sanders. We have an excellent team of staff and amazing children who thoroughly deserve this accolade.”

Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, said: “A huge congratulations to all the winning Liverpool schools! I would also like to say a big well done to the runners-up, those who were shortlisted and everyone who took the time to enter last year. You should all be very proud of yourselves!

“It has been really tough for those working in schools and we are so pleased that we have managed to find a way to shine a spotlight on the hard work and dedication that goes on inside and outside of school. We hope this has given a much-needed lift to those in education, given the incredibly challenging times we are going through at the moment.”

Kim added: “2021 is the tenth year of the Educate Awards and we are very excited to start planning an extra special event!”

Associate sponsors of the Educate awards include: All About STEM, Angel Solutions, CareersInc, CER, CPMM Media Group, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Diocesan Schools Trust, LSSP, Satis Education, SupplyWell and Winstanley College. 

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