Schools in Knowsley are celebrating as five have been shortlisted for this year’s Educate Awards.
The awards is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the excellence of schools in the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire and Lancashire. As well as schools, teachers and support staff are shown appreciation and rewarded for the part they play in the region’s brilliant education sector.
Halewood Academy is up for the Most Inspirational Secondary School Award after its remarkable journey saw it go from special measures to a good Ofsted judgement in just 24 months.
A teacher from Halewood Academy is also in the running for the coveted Teacher of the Year Award. Maz Catterall, senior leader of English at the Academy, is described as “a teacher who inspires and motivates students every lesson of every day.”
St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic Centre for Learning is among the shortlist for the Eco School Project of the Year. Students at the school designed, planned and opened a memorial garden for their much loved head teacher Mr Campbell, who sadly lost his battle with cancer in June 2016. The garden is also in memory of Year 11 student Sean Gillies and Jane Pederson, a member of the kitchen staff, who both sadly passed away.
Finch Woods Academy is up for the SEND Provision Award. The academy only opened in 2014 and has transformed the education provision in Knowsley for pupils with social, emotional, mental health and behavioural difficulties.
Plantation Primary School in Halewood is shortlisted for the Outstanding Commitment to Sport in a Primary School Award. The primary school has increased its extra-curricular sports clubs from 30 to 74 during 2016-2017. This has led to even more children enjoying sport and achieving great success, such as being named National Premier League school champions on two successive occasions.
After winning in the Innovative and Creative Literacy Award last year, Evelyn Community Primary School in Prescot are hoping for success again; this time in the Innovation in Education category for its brilliant initiative to promote outstanding teaching and learning across History and Geography.
Cllr Joan Lilly, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Congratulations to all the schools in the running to win at Educate Awards 2017. There are 21 categories and a breaking number of entries were made, making being shortlisted a massive achievement in itself so well done all. Schools in Knowsley have been improving recently and it’s great to see our school’s being recognised for the good work they do.”
We will found out how the schools do at the Educate Awards ceremony at Liverpool Cathedral on Friday 17 November.
Good luck to everyone on the night!
Two of Knowsley’s schools did the borough proud and won at Educate Awards 2016 which you can read more about here.