Galaxies of good as Spalding schools stand out at Education Awards ceremony

EDUCATION AWARDS: Winners, finalists, representatives of award category sponsors and guests at the third annual Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards, held at South Holland Centre, Spalding.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
EDUCATION AWARDS: Winners, finalists, representatives of award category sponsors and guests at the third annual Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards, held at South Holland Centre, Spalding. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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The best of south-east Lincolnshire education had its big night out at Spalding’s South Holland Centre for the third annual Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards.

At least 200 people were inside the centre’s function room on Thursday night to cheer on pre-schools, primary and secondary schools, as well as sixth forms, from across South Holland, the Deepings, Bourne and villages south of Boston.

In total, 12 awards were presented during the event organised by the Free Press and our sister newspaper, the Spalding Guardian, in association with Duncan & Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, Pinchbeck.

Two of Spalding’s flagship schools, St Norbert’s Catholic Primary School, Spalding, and Spalding High School, carried off the two biggest prizes of School of the Year (Primary) and School of the Year (Secondary) respectively.

Staff from St Norbert’s, whose Oftsed “Outstanding” status last September has led to continued progress over the last 12 months, were jubilant as they received their trophy from Kim Tomkins of award category sponsors Mana Education, Rutland.

Year Two teacher Sharon Bools, who has worked at St Norbert’s for 11 years, said: “Our school has been on a very long journey and so we felt that it was time to say ‘this is how far we’ve come’”.

PRIMARY WINNERS: St Norberts Catholic Primary School, Spalding, Year 2 teacher Sharon Bools holds the award for School of the Year (Primary), alongside teaching colleagues and representatives from category sponsor Calthrops Solicitors, including senior partner Kevin Pallister (left).  Photo by Tim Wilson.

PRIMARY WINNERS: St Norberts Catholic Primary School, Spalding, Year 2 teacher Sharon Bools holds the award for School of the Year (Primary), alongside teaching colleagues and representatives from category sponsor Calthrops Solicitors, including senior partner Kevin Pallister (left). Photo by Tim Wilson.

Yeat Three teacher Sam Morton added: “We’re a family and this award both celebrates and encapsulates the pupils, teaching staff, parents and wider community.

The other category finalists, Long Sutton Primary School and Tydd St Mary Primary School, were presented with certificates during the event.

Meanwhile, Spalding High School went one better than its finalists’ placing last year to be named School of the Year (Secondary).

A breathtaking year of academic, sporting, community and cultural success was recognised by award judges who placed Spalding High School just ahead of Bourne Academy and Spalding Academy.

We were humbled and proud to have been shortlisted against such tough competition in so many categories

Michele Anderson, headmistress of Spalding High School

Michele Anderson, headmistress of Spalding High School, said: “We were humbled and proud to have been shortlisted against such tough competition in so many categories.

“Everyone at the High is as pleased as punch to have won the School of the Year (Secondary) Award and we all had fun at what was a tremendous celebration of all that is positive about education.”

SECONDARY WINNERS: Michele Anderson, headmistress of  Spalding High School, with students and Anita Toal, managing partner of Maples Solicitors, category sponsor of the School of the Year (Secondary) Award.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

SECONDARY WINNERS: Michele Anderson, headmistress of Spalding High School, with students and Anita Toal, managing partner of Maples Solicitors, category sponsor of the School of the Year (Secondary) Award. Photo by Tim Wilson.