EDUCATION AWARDS: Harvest of society sown by educators

Anita Toal (left) of Maples Solicitors, Spalding, with 2014 Most Inspirational Teacher (Secondary), Diane Jenney of Thomas Cowley High School, Donington.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Anita Toal (left) of Maples Solicitors, Spalding, with 2014 Most Inspirational Teacher (Secondary), Diane Jenney of Thomas Cowley High School, Donington. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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German physicist Albert Einstein once described teaching as “a supreme art to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge”.

Teachers at comprehensive and grammar schools in South Holland, Bourne, the Deepings and Kirton have a privileged role in influencing the lives of the young people they are employed to educate.

It is these efforts to encourage and inspire students that will be judged and rewarded in the Inspirational Teacher of the Year (Secondary) category at our Education Awards, sponsored by Maples Solicitors, Spalding.

Managing partner Anita Toal, also a parent-governor at Spalding High School, said: “The firm has been involved in local schools for the entirety of its history, right back to the 1820s when founder Ashley Maples was a governor of Moulton Endowed School (now Spalding Grammar School).

“One of Mr Maples successors, Captain Jack Maples. was chairman of governors at Spalding Grammar School and so the firm has always felt it very important to support our local schools.

“As a parent of two children who have both gone through the state school system in Spalding, I know they wouldn’t have achieved what they have without the support of inspirational teachers.”

The Inspirational Teacher of the Year (Secondary), awarded last year to Diane Jenney of Thomas Cowley High School, Donington, will go to someone who inspires a love of learning, pursuit of excellence and develops both the skills and enthusiasm needed to make a positive contribution to society.

Mrs Toal said: “Local newspapers are good at celebrating young achievers and the vast majority of teachers and pupils at our schools are doing wonderful things, so why wouldn’t Maples Solicitors want to support something like this?”

Nominations are open for our second Education Awards from schools in South Holland, Bourne, the Deepings and villages south of Boston.

The criteria, award sponsors and nomination details can be found on this website by clicking on the Education Awards section.

The deadline is 5pm on Friday, October 16, and for a nomination form, call Mark Stanford on 01553 817354.