Success for Liverpool schools in regional education awards

The Academy of St Francis of Assisi wins the SEND Provision Award at the Educate Awards

FIVE schools in Liverpool have been honoured at the Educate Awards.

The awards, in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, is now in its seventh year and is the largest education awards in the North West.

Over 600 guests gathered for the ceremony held at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, hosted by broadcaster Simon ‘Rossie’ Ross.

On the night, 21 awards were handed out to schools in the Liverpool City Region, Lancashire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

Woolton-based specialist school, Abbot’s Lea won the Outstanding Teaching of Life Skills Award due to the hard work it undertakes to ensure students are introduced to new challenges each day, which allows them to build new skills.

All Saints Sixth Form in Garston received the Career Aspiration Award for its unique ‘futures gateway programme’ which helps to inspire students allowing them to access Russell Group universities, employment and apprenticeships.

Walton’s Alsop High School won The Communication Award because of its Alsop Communicating Excellence (ACE) strategy which allows the school to reimagine the role that it plays in the community. It encourages young people, parents, partner primary schools and residents to look to the school as a ‘community hub’ for life-long learning.

Gateacre School’s leadership team was recognised on the night and awarded Leadership Team of the Year. Headteacher Mr Roberts’ has made giant leaps forward and has turned the school around and is now practically unrecognisable.

Finally, The Academy of St Francis of Assisi (ASFA) won both the SEND Provision Award and Outstanding Arts in Secondary School award.

ASFA’s vision of ‘Success for All’ is evident throughout the school. 22% of its students in Year 7-11 are on the SEN register and across the school 44 languages are spoken. Initiatives include targeted intervention for reading and writing, a Small Learning Community where students receive support in English and Maths and individual sessions for social, emotional and mental health.

Whilst the school’s music department includes every child from Year 7 to 11 and is the catalyst for social change, cultural and racial acceptance. Past projects include the sold out gig, ‘Live at the Cavern’ and various initiatives beyond the classroom.

The evening also saw the premiere of the Educate Awards Super Choir Children in Need music video, ‘We are all Stars’. The recording features the voices of over 300 students from local schools, with all proceeds from the sales going to the charity.

Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, says: “Many congratulations to all five Liverpool schools on their fantastic award wins.

“We are so proud to host an event which champions the creativity, diversity and dedication of teachers, school support stars, schools and colleges in the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

“It’s been an exceptional year of entries, so many congratulations to all the winners, runners-up and finalists for 2018.”