Is Sir or Miss a role model?

Maples Solicitors, Spalding, staff are ('back) James Turner, Yvonne Chilvers, Derek Lea, Claire Smith, Chris Ayre,(front) Sarah Sharpe, Freda Hilliar, Lisa Cawthorne, Tracey Fensom and David Hicken.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Maples Solicitors, Spalding, staff are ('back) James Turner, Yvonne Chilvers, Derek Lea, Claire Smith, Chris Ayre,(front) Sarah Sharpe, Freda Hilliar, Lisa Cawthorne, Tracey Fensom and David Hicken. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Business leaders, war heroes and sporting champions can all remember the teacher who inspired them to achieve great things.

Some of them can be found in secondary schools throughout South Holland, Bourne, the Deepings and southern Boston, teachers who have a positive impact on the lives of students in their care.

The Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian is recognising such teachers at our 2014 Education Awards with a category for the Most Inspirational Teacher (Secondary). In association with Duncan and Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, the Education Awards are honouring the exceptional standards set by primary and secondary schools across our area.

The Most Inspirational Teacher (Secondary) Award is sponsored by Maples Solicitors, Spalding, which has served clients in the town for more than 180 years.

Maples Solicitors is based in New Road and last year, its partners and staff were presented with the Customer Care prize at the South Holland Business Awards held in Spalding.

Managing partner Anita Toal said: “Maples has a long tradition of supporting local schools and our former senior partner, Roy Withyman, was clerk to the governors at Spalding Grammar School for many years.

“Those of us lucky enough to have been motivated by aan inspirational teacher appreciate the values and importance of excellent teaching, so Maples is delighted to be able to sponsor the category of Most Inspirational Teacher (Secondary).”