City schools in line for awards

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.

Springwood Heath Primary and Gateacre School are in the running for the Community Partnership Award, while St Vincent’s School for the Visually Impaired is shortlisted for the Outstanding Commitment to Sport in a Secondary School Award. Springwood Heath has also made the shortlist for the SEND Provision Award while Gateacre School is also up for the STEM Project of the Year and Outstanding Teaching of Life Skills awards.

St Francis Xavier’s College is in contention for the Eco School Project of the Year Award, while Archbishop Blanch School, ESLA and Holly Lodge Girls’ College are all up for the Communication Award. Archbishop Blanch is also shortlisted for the Spirit of Enterprise Award alongside New Park Primary School.

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.

Dovedale Primary School and Rudston Primary School are going head to head for the STEM Project of the Year Award. In the Outstanding Arts in a Secondary School category, Liverpool secondary schools The Belvedere Academy and Archbishop Blanch School are in contention.

Notre Dame Catholic College and ESLA are shortlisted for the Career Aspiration Award and Gilmour Infants School and Whitefield Primary School are up for the Innovation in Education Award.

Alsop High School and ESLA are hoping they have the ‘WOW’ factor as they’re both in contention for the WOW Recognition Award. Lakeside School is shortlisted for the Outstanding Teaching of Life Skills category.

The judges remarked on the variety of entries across all 21 categories and the exceptional standard of submissions. The passion and innovation showcased throughout made choosing this year’s shortlist the most difficult yet.

This difficult task of shortlisting the entries fell upon the esteemed 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.”

Associate sponsors at the awards include Hays Education, All About STEM, The Foundry Agency, Greater Merseyside Learning Providers’ Federation (GMLPF), eCadets, The Bishop of Liverpool, Kier Construction Northern, Merseyside Network for Collaborative Outreach (MNCO), PCS Law, Capita Education, Wray Brothers, Educ8 Group, School Improvement Liverpool Ltd, Liverpool John Moores University and the Witherslack Group Ltd.


Most Inspirational Primary School
Morecambe Bay Community Primary School
New Park Primary School
Barnton Community Nursery and Primary School
Leamington Community Primary School

Most Inspirational Secondary School
Hope Academy
St Michael’s CE High School
St Damian’s RC Science College
Shaftesbury High School

Most Inspirational 16-18 Education Provider
St Margaret’s CE Academy
Winstanley College
St John Rigby College

Community Partnership Award
Gateacre School
Bickerstaffe CE Primary School
Springwood Heath Primary School and Kingsmoor Manor
Bishop David Sheppard CE Primary School

Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Primary School
Bidston Avenue Primary School
Halewood CofE Primary
Prescot Primary School
Cronton CE Primary School

Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Secondary School
Clare Mount Specialist Sports College
Rainford High Technology College
St Vincent’s School for the Visually Impaired
St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic High School

Eco School Project of the Year
St Francis Xavier’s College
St Damian’s RC Science College
Neston High School

Communication Award
Enterprise South Liverpool Academy
Holly Lodge Girls’ College
Archbishop Blanch School
Carr Hill High School

Teacher of the Year
Danny Watkins – Cowley International College
Chris Eglin – Valewood Primary School
Martyn Dutton – Barnton Community Primary School
David Swanston – St Vincent’s School for the Visually Impaired

Spirit of Enterprise Award
New Park Primary School
Archbishop Blanch School
Neston High School

Innovative and Creative Literacy Award
Rainford High Technology College
Accrington Academy
Evelyn Community Primary School
Bishop David Sheppard CofE Primary School

SEND Provision Award
Clare Mount Specialist Sports College
The Observatory School
Springwood Heath Primary School

STEM Project of the Year
Gateacre School
Rudston Primary School
Dovedale Primary School
St Margaret’s CE Academy

Outstanding Arts in Primary School
Cherry Grove Primary School
Netherton Moss Primary School
Riverside Primary School

Outstanding Arts in Secondary School
Archbishop Temple School
The Belvedere Academy
Formby High School
Archbishop Blanch High School

Career Aspiration Award
All Saints Catholic High School
Notre Dame Catholic College
Enterprise South Liverpool Academy

WOW Recognition Award
Calday Grange Grammar School
Enterprise South Liverpool Academy
Alsop High School

Eldon Primary School

Leadership Team of the Year
Netherton Moss Primary School
Archbishop Temple School
Eldon Primary School

Innovation in Education Award
Gilmour Infants School
Whitefield Primary School
The Observatory School

Outstanding Teaching of Life Skills
Lakeside School
Rainford CE Primary School
Gateacre School
Churchtown Primary School

Support Star of the Year
Diane Reeves – Holy Family Halewood Catholic Primary School
Lisa Mitchell – Gateacre School
Tony Purcell – Enterprise South Liverpool Academy

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