The moment of truth has almost arrived as regards the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards 2016.
Pre-schools, playgroups, primary and secondary schools across South Holland, the Deepings and Bourne have had five weeks to send in their nominations for consideration in 12 different categories.
The awards were also open to educational bodies in Algarkirk, Bicker, Frampton Kirton, Sutterton, Swineshead and Wyberton.
But at noon tomorrow (Tuesday), entries will close and a panel of seven judges will meet on Thursday to decide on the winners and finalists to be announced at South Holland Centre, Spalding, on Thursday, November 10.
The judges include Stephen Stray, group editor of Lincolnshire Newspapers which includes the Free Press and Guardian, who said: “There are many students and schools in our area who deserve recognition for the wonderful achievements and successes they have had and continue to enjoy.
“I am delighted that, through our Education Awards, we can play a role in celebrating their accomplishments and shine the spotlight on worthy individuals and the team efforts of schools.
“I am looking forward to reading about all the nominees and to what I am sure will be a very hard task in selecting the overall winners.
“The very best of luck to all those who have been put forward.”
Other judges are Alistair Main of Duncan and Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, headline sponsors of this year’s awards, South Holland District Council deputy leader Coun Nick Worth and Inspector Mike Burnett, community policing inspector for the Bourne and the Deepings.
The judging panel is completed by two former teachers, Sue Coleman of Boston and Faye Houltby of Kirton, along with Deeping St James parish and district councillor Judy Stevens.
I am delighted that, through our Education Awards, we can play a role in celebrating their accomplishments and shine the spotlight on worthy individuals and the team efforts of schoolsStephen Stray, group editor of Lincolnshire Newspapers
Coun Stevens said: “Educators are the key to our children’s future and we are blessed in this southernmost corner of Lincolnshire with some of the finest around.
“It is a privilege to be involved with these awards which seek to honour the very best and, in so doing, celebrate the profession which is the bedrock of our future.”
Meanwhile, Mrs Houltby said: “Having worked within schools for many years before my retirement two years ago. I am really happy to have been asked to be a judge for this year’s Education Awards as I know the very positive effect that praise and recognition has on a child.
“These awards are very important because they recognise the hard work and achievement of all those nominated.”