Liverpool Schools Make The Grade For The Educate Awards 2016

LIVERPOOL’S inspiring teachers, support stars and stand out schools have been named on the shortlist for the Educate Awards 2016. The awards, in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, is now in its fifth year and is the biggest celebration of education in the North West. New Park Primary School, Leamington Community Primary School, St Margaret’s CE Academy, Springwood Heath Primary School, Gateacre School, St Vincent’s School for the Visually Impaired, St Francis Xavier’s College, Archbishop Blanch School, Enterprise South Liverpool Academy (ESLA), Holly Lodge Girls’ College, Dovedale Primary School, Rudston Primary School, The Belvedere Academy, Notre Dame Catholic College, Alsop High School, Gilmour Infants School, Whitefield Primary School and Lakeside School have all been shortlisted for this year’s awards. Held at Liverpool Cathedral, it is the one night of the year where the excellence of schools in the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire and Lancashire is celebrated and rewarded in a unique fashion, bringing together inspiring leaders and support staff to showcase the brilliance within the region’s education sector. Hundreds of entries were sent in across the 21 award categories, breaking previous records. Categories include the WOW Recognition Award, Outstanding Sport and Teacher of the Year. New Park Primary School and Leamington Community Primary School are both in the running for one of the night’s most coveted awards, Most Inspirational Primary School. St Margaret’s CE Academy is shortlisted for the Most Inspirational 16-18 Education Provider and STEM Project of the Year awards. Mr David Swanston from St Vincent’s School for the Visually Impaired is a finalist for the Teacher of the Year Award, while Gateacre School’s community co-ordinator Lisa Mitchell and ESLA’s teaching assistant Mr Tony Purcell are shortlisted in the new category, School Support Star of the Year. This difficult task of shortlisting the entries fell upon the judging panel which includes Henry Platten, founder of the multi award-winning eCadet Scheme; Michelle Dow, managing director of All About STEM; James Tartt, Merseyside track athlete and architect; Radio City breakfast host Leanne Campbell; Olympian and managing director of Raise The Bar, Steve Smith; Councillor Gary Millar, Liverpool’s cabinet member for business, enterprise and investment; 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; and the education team at the respected Everyman and Playhouse Theatres. The winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony, which takes place on Friday 18 November at Liverpool Cathedral. Commenting on the shortlist, Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, says: “We’re delighted to finally reveal the shortlisted schools ahead of the Educate Awards ceremony next month. With more entries than ever before, this year our judges found it so challenging to put together the final shortlists for each category. “The dedication, hard work and impact that Liverpool teachers, support staff and school communities have is truly humbling and it was fantastic to see so many schools from across Liverpool enter and put their projects forward. The entries this year have been amazing so thank you to each and every school that entered and best of luck to all those shortlisted.”