UPDATE 9.35PM: Best of south east Lincolnshire education celebrated at awards night in Spalding

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.
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.

Pupils, students, teachers and support staff had the limelight all to themselves at tonight’s third annual Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards.

At least 200 people cheered on pre-schools, primary and secondary schools across South Holland, the Deepings, Bourne and villages south of Boston as, one after one, prizes were awarded in 12 categories.

Among the winners were Swineshead Pre-School Centre, The Willows Day Nursery, Fleet Hargate, Pinchbeck East Primary School, St Norbert’s Catholic Primary School, Spalding, and Spalding High School.

During his closing speech, South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes said: “It’s been a fantastic evening and this is an emerging tradition.

“These awards are now three years in and I hope it continues year after year.”

Full coverage of tonight’s Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards will be published in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.

THURSDAY 9PM: St Norbert’s and Spalding High School triumph at Education Awards 2016

Two of Spalding’s flagship schools proved to be the big winners at the third annual Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards tonight.

St Norbert’s Catholic Primary School and Spalding High School were named School of the Year (Primary) and (Secondary) respectively during an awards ceremony held at the town’s South Holland Centre.

In total, 12 awards were presented at the event organised by the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian newspapers, in association with Duncan & Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers.

Swineshead Pre-School Centre was named Pre-School of the Year, while the team from The Willows Day Nursery, Fleet Hargate, took the Pre-School Staff Award.

There were individual honours for Ayla Rayner, of Bourne Grammar School, who collected the Contribution to the Community Award and the Outstanding Sporting Achievement Award went to young gymnast Jake Jarman of The Deepings School.

Other winners were Pinchbeck East Primary School (Environmental Award), Matthew Squire, of Willoughby School, Bourne, was named Most Improved Student and Ellen Debney (Peele Community College, Long Sutton) won the Student of the Year prize.

Mark Bryan, of Bourne Academy, took the Support Staff Award, Nick Newitt, Head Teacher of Weston St Mary Primary School, was named Inspirational Teacher of the Year (Primary) and Liz Kelleher, of Spalding High School, lifted the Inspirational Teacher of the Year (Secondary) Award.

At least 200 guests, including pupils, students, teachers, parents and governors from pre-schools, playgroups, primary and secondary schools, as well as sixth forms across south-east Lincolnshire, attended the event.

It featured an inspirational speech by special needs teacher and international triathlete Abi Schofield of Peterborough and some closing words of praise and appreciation of education in the area from John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings.

Read next Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press for full coverage of tonight’s third annual Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards.