The shortlist for the prestigious Educate Awards 2018 has been announced and five Knowsley schools are in the running for an accolade.
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, recognising schools and colleges right across the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.
From inspiring teachers, superb support staff to innovative projects across the curriculum, the awards recognises the work of schools and colleges that are delivering outstanding education and helping students achieve their full potential.
There are 21 award categories, from Teacher of the Year, Career Aspiration, School Support Star of the Year and Outstanding Commitment to Sport and Halewood Academy, Northwood Community Primary, Plantation Primary, St Aloysius and Halewood CofE are all in the running for awards.
Halewood Academy’s ‘Pride and Promises Poetry Anthology’ project is shortlisted for the Innovative and Creative Literacy Award.
Miss Archer runs a weekly creative writing club after school and what began as an idea from a few likeminded pupils quickly developed in to something startling. Miss Archer asked students and staff to write poems around the theme of ‘Pride and Promises’ and the response was immediate. Poems came flooding in and the school decided to publish the poems in an anthology which they made available to purchase via Amazon. The initiative has had a long-standing impact on the entire school and as they put it: “If you can be published and sell a book, what can’t you do?”
The school identified that a significant number of pupils were arriving to school in the morning not having a healthy breakfast, or any breakfast at all. With the support of Magic Breakfast, the school now offers pupils a proper start to the day with cereal, juices and bagels. Some days the school serve up to 500 bagels in a single morning!
Working with the charity FareShare, who redistribute surplus food to different organisations, the governors committed to providing funding to enable all pupils to receive a free lunch. These community partnerships have resulted in better behaved, more settled and ready to learn children at Northwood.
Plantation Primary School in Halewood and St Aloysius Catholic Primary School in Roby are both shortlisted for the Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Primary School Award.
Finally, Halewood CofE Primary School’s outdoor development project has been recognised in the WOW Recognition Award category.
Valuing the positive impact that outdoor learning can have on children’s physical, social and emotional development, the school made a commitment to invest in this area. Children can now explore nature in a range of environments, including aquatic, woodland and wildflower, marsh, horticulture areas and a dry zone for nesting pollinators.
The rich, natural environment has also allowed children to become immersed in writing experiences and take part in orienteering, den days, outdoor classroom day and read books in the outdoor reading space, aptly named the ‘Book Nook’.
Commenting on the shortlist, Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, says: “We are delighted to finally reveal the shortlist ahead of the awards ceremony in November. This year’s shortlist includes schools and colleges from all across the region.
“The awards recognise the arts, careers, sport, literacy, STEM and so much more – we believe it’s so important to celebrate all aspects of school life and champion the teachers and school support stars who bring learning to life!
“Many congratulations and good luck to all the shortlisted schools in Knowsley.”
The winners will be announced at the annual awards ceremony, which takes place on Friday 16 November at Liverpool Cathedral.