Top cop is on the beat to take the pulse of schools

South Holland community policing inspector and one of the judges for the Lincolnshire Free Press/Spalding Guardian Education Awards, Insp Jim Tyner.
South Holland community policing inspector and one of the judges for the Lincolnshire Free Press/Spalding Guardian Education Awards, Insp Jim Tyner.

The clock is ticking down for primary and secondary schools in South Holland, Bourne, the Deepings and south of Boston to enter our inaugural Education Awards.

But you still have another week to be considered for one or more of 12 awards, recognising the achievements and accomplishments of pupils, students, teachers, governors and support staff from right across the area.

Kim Tomkins, educational consultant for Lincolnshire at Mana Education.

Kim Tomkins, educational consultant for Lincolnshire at Mana Education.

The categories for which awards will be presented on a special evening at South Holland Centre, Spalding, on Wednesday November 12 at 7pm, includes Primary School of the Year, Secondary School of the Year, Contribution to the Community and an Environmental Award.

Other awards are for Primary Headteacher of the Year, Secondary Headteacher of the Year, Inspirational Teacher of the Year for both primary and secondary schools, Most Improved Student, Student of the Year and Outstanding Sporting Achievement, as well as a Support Staff Award.

The deadline for entries is Friday October 17th and after that date, a panel of judges will meet to decide who and where the 12 winners will come from.

One of the judges is Inspector Jim Tyner, community policing inspector for South Holland since January 2013 and an officer with Lincolnshire Police since 1990.

Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards, sponsored by Duncan and Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers.

Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards, sponsored by Duncan and Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers.

Insp Tyner has enjoyed a varied and contrasting career in the police service, including spells as a beat officer, local intelligence officer, trainee detective and rural task force sergeant.

In 2008, Insp Tyner was promoted to the rank of Inspector, serving as staff officer to the Assistant Chief Constable before becoming a temporary chief inspector in 2011 when he worked for the then Deputy Chief Constable, now Chief Constable Neil Rhodes.

Commenting on the Education Awards, run by the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian in association with Duncan and Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, Insp Tyner said: “So often in policing, I see the impact of poor education on young people’s opportunities in life.

“But I have also encountered dedication and caring professionalism, so it is absolutely right that these skills should be celebrated.

“My wife once worked as a classroom assistant so I am well aware of the hard work and dedication of many unsung heroes in our schools.

“The Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards are a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate all aspects of education in our area.”