Education is a fact of life that no child or adult can ever avoid - but how often do we celebrate our standard of learning in the UK?
With this in mind, the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian is once again starting the search for students who succeed spectacularly, teachers who inspire brilliantly, support staff who serve exceptionally and schools that stand out unmistakably.
Nominations are now open for our second Education Awards which are open to infant, primary, junior and secondary schools throughout South Holland, Bourne, the Deepings and villages south of Boston, including Bicker, Kirton, Sutterton, Swineshead and Wyberton.
In addition this year, we are also looking for nominations from playgoups, pre-schools and nursery schools for staff members and organisations that have made a difference to the lives of babies and toddlers in south Lincolnshire.
Jeremy Ransome, editor of the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian, said: “We were delighted with the response to our inaugural Education Awards last year and we are very excited about hosting the event again this year.
“As a father of three children, the quality of education in this area is something that is as important to me as it is to any other parent.
We are inviting people to take part in this year’s awards by nominating those individuals and institutions that are the shining lights of our community
“It gives me great pleasure to be at the forefront of an initiative to give the children, young people, teachers and support staff who make our educational standards here something to be proud of both the recognition and reward they deserve.
“That’s why we are inviting people to take part in this year’s awards by nominating those individuals and institutions that are the shining lights of our community.”
The awards, held once again in association with Duncan and Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, will be presented during a special celebration evening at South Holland Centre, Spalding, on Thursday, November 12 from 7pm.
Duncan and Toplis, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, is one of the top independent chartered accountancy firms in the East Midlands with ten offices, including one at Enterprise Way, Pinchbeck.
Lead director David Gratton said: “We are delighted to be the headline sponsors for these awards once again, particularly as we thoroughly enjoyed both being involved in them last year and seeing the boost it gave to the nominees, finalists and winners.
“Education is so important and without the commitment and dedication of hard-working teachers and their support teams, we would not be able to produce the intelligent and well-rounded students so needed to drive our economy in the future.
“Duncan and Toplis has a strong connection with local schools, at both personal and professional levels, and many of our team members have young children who are currently in education.
“In addition, several members of our team are also school governors playing an active role in the running of our local schools and from another angle, we provide services to a large number of schools, colleges and academies.
“Therefore, sponsoring these awards is just a small way of recognising the importance of education and helping to encourage excellence in our local schools, so we very much hope to see an even greater number of nominations this year.”
There are 12 categories for which awards will be presented, including Contribution to the Community, Student of the Year, Most Improved Student, Outstanding Sporting Achievement and Most Inspirational Teacher at both primary and secondary school levels.
Other categories to be decided are an Environmental Award, Support Staff Award, Primary School of the Year, Secondary School of the Year and, new for 2015, Pre-school of the Year and Pre-School Staff Member of the Year.
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.
If you would like a nomination form sent to you, or for any more information on this year’s awards, please contact Mark Stanford on 01553 817354 or email@example.com