Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards night is tonight (Thursday) at town's South Holland Centre
Pupils, students and staff from primary and secondary schools across south-east Lincolnshire will be in Spalding for a big awards night this evening.
The fifth Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards take place at South Holland Centre, Spalding, at 7pm.
In total, 25 pre-schools, primary and secondary schools across South Holland, the Deepings, Bourne and their surrounding villages nominated individuals, groups and teams for the awards, sponsored by Duncan and Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers.
Winners in 11 award categories will be announced tonight at an event to be hosted by Free Press and Guardian editor, Jeremy Ransome.
He said: “It is great to be back again to celebrate all that is wonderful about education in south-east Lincolnshire.
“We have some wonderful pre-schools, primary and secondary schools in our area, with teachers, support staff, students and pupils within them.
“The judges had such a hard job of choosing the final three in each category, including the winners.
“But I am sure this evening will be as successful and as enjoyable as were the previous four events.”
As well as finalists, their families, friends, teachers and colleagues, the awards will also be attended by representatives from each of the award sponsors and a number of special guests.
One of them, South Holland sector neighbourhood policing inspector Gareth Boxall, said: "I am always astounded by just how much our local schools deliver, the amazing dedication of their staff and the outstanding achievements of the pupils.
"These awards are a great way of celebrating the work that goes on in our schools and it is an honour for me to be invited.
"We are so lucky to have some truly wonderful schools and pre-schools in south-east Lincolnshire and I am really looking forward to hearing about the achievements of children and young people in our community."
Marc Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire and who will be presenting one of the awards, said: "Education plays a crucial role in helping youngsters recognise the importance of playing a positive and active role in their communities.
"As a father myself I know how important a positive, safe and encouraging school environment can be and it is fantastic to see the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian recognising the teachers and students who work so hard to create that environment.
"I believe these awards are an excellent way of highlighting those efforts."
Another guest expected at tonight's awards, Joanne Maher, principal and chief executive officer at Boston College, said: "We pride ourselves on transforming people’s lives and we believe in the standards of hard work, passion, enthusiasm and excellence.
"These are exactly what the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards recognise in their inspiring winners.
"It is great to have the opportunity to attend these awards and to celebrate those who go above and beyond to promote excellence in our fantastic local pre-schools, primary and secondary schools.
"Good luck to all those who have been nominated for these awards."
. Here are the winners and finalists in all of the awards' 11 categories:-
Pre-School of the Year (sponsored by Riverside Training): BeBright, Spalding; Ladybirds, West Pinchbeck, Sunflower Lodge Childcare, Pinchbeck.
Environmental (sponsored by South Holland District Council): Georgie Van Dyke, Spalding High School; Helen Conboy, The Deepings School; The Priory School, Spalding; Weston Hills Primary School.
Contribution to the Community (sponsored by Bakkavor): Betty Boor and team, Peele Community College, Long Sutton; Sally Donaldson, The Deepings School; South View Community Primary School, Crowland; Year 9 students, Spalding High School.
Student of the Year (sponsored by Duncan and Toplis): Charlotte Pool, Spalding High School; Steven Coote, Willoughby School, Bourne; Tom Paskin, Bourne Academy.
Most Improved Student (sponsored by Worldwide Fruit): Alex Whitton, Willoughby School, Liana Juberte, Spalding Academy; Spencer Bartle, The Deepings School.
Support Staff (sponsored by Calthrops Solicitors): Amy Davey, Willoughby School; Joy Hill, South View Community Primary School; Phyl Williams, The Deepings School.
Outstanding Sporting Achievement (sponsored by Double G Clothing): Jessica Ringsell and Poppy Gill, both Spalding High School; Sophie Doyle, Spalding Monkshouse Primary School.
Most Inspirational Primary Teacher (sponsored by Springfields Outlet): Ben Slaughter, Swineshead St Mary’s Primary School; Louise Wright, Gedney Church End Primary School; Zoe West, Kirton Primary School.
Most Inspirational Secondary Teacher (sponsored by Produce Industry Expo 2019): Dawn Bushell, Spalding High School; Fiona Martin, Bourne Academy; Samantha Graper, University Academy Holbeach; Shelby Mombourquette, Peele Community College.
Primary School of the Year (sponsored by Moore Thompson): Kirton; Spalding Monkshouse, St Bartholomew’s, West Pinchbeck.
Secondary School of the Year (sponsored by Freshtime UK): Bourne Academy; Spalding Academy; Spalding High School.