A child changed forever

Bourne Academy headteacher Laurence Reilly (left), Kelly Woollard - Years 6 and 7 Transition Phase Leader, senior assistant headteacher Rebecca Le Caplain, deputy headteacher Lucy Conley and assistant headteacher Brett Sinclair.  Photo by Joan Baker/Bourne Academy.
Bourne Academy headteacher Laurence Reilly (left), Kelly Woollard - Years 6 and 7 Transition Phase Leader, senior assistant headteacher Rebecca Le Caplain, deputy headteacher Lucy Conley and assistant headteacher Brett Sinclair. Photo by Joan Baker/Bourne Academy.
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American historian Henry Adams said: “A teacher affects eternity – he can never tell where his influence stops.”

Adams’ belief will be recognised at this year’s Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards, in association with Duncan and Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers.

Primary school teachers in South Holland, Bourne, the Deepings and southern Boston are eligible for the Most Inspirational Teacher (Primary) category sponsored by Bourne Academy.

The school celebrated its best-ever set of A-level results this year, with a 99.5 per cent pass rate, followed up with a record-breaking 85 per cent of GCSE students achieving grades of C or better in English. Headteacher Laurence Reilly said: “Bourne Academy is delighted to be sponsoring the Most Inspirational Teacher (Primary) category.

“As a first-choice destination for many primary schools in the area, Bourne Academy has a strong partnership with them and students come to us with high expectations, along with a strong grounding on which we can build. It is the inspirational teachers at primary level who provide the future secondary school student with an open, questioning mind and an eagerness to learn and grow.”

Meanwhile, the awards have been backed by the leader of South Kesteven District Council, which covers Bourne and the Deepings.

Coun Linda Neal said: “Our district has many examples of invention and innovation that are so vital to creating the businesses and job opportunities so important to the prosperity of the whole area.

“For this to be possible, we need a good foundation built on sound education and that is why I am so pleased to see these awards, with categories for both primary and secondary schools.”