EDUCATION AWARDS 2018: Duncan and Toplis on board: vote here!
Thomas Sergiovanni, described by the American university where he taught as “an international scholar in educational leadership”, once said that “Community building must become the heart of any school improvement effort”.
In recognition of the vital role schools have in influencing the neighbourhoods around them, the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards includes one for Contribution to the Community.
Sponsored by Duncan and Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, of Pinchbeck and ten other offices across the East Midlands, the award is for the person, class or school that has most benefited its community in its efforts.
Previous winners have organised music, drama and performing arts events, donated hampers to a care home and, in 2016, volunteered with children who have special education needs and disabilities (SEND).
Alistair Main, director of Duncan and Toplis, also headline sponsors of the Education Awards, said: “Duncan and Toplis are one of the largest firms of independent chartered accountants and business advisers in the East Midlands, with an office near the heart of Spalding.
“Our services include, but are by no means limited to, accounts preparation, auditing, bookkeeping, including online, payroll, human resources, VAT services and tax planning, both personal and corporate.
Our commitment to serving and supporting the local community is one of our key operating cornerstones and we look forward to recognising and celebrating all the great individuals and schools nominated for an award on July 5
“We are also able to offer probate and computer services, corporate finance and financial management assistance.
“Duncan and Toplis serves a wide range of sectors from agriculture to medical, with one of our specialisms being in
“Therefore, we are once again delighted to be the headline sponsor of the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards, celebrating the best in the industry for the fourth time.
“We recognise how important it is to showcase local business excellence and know what it means to those nominated in the various categories.
“Our commitment to serving and supporting the local community is one of our key operating cornerstones and we look forward to recognising and celebrating all the great individuals and schools nominated for an award on July 5.”
From sporting activities and adult education programmes, to environmental initiatives and charitable efforts, nominations for the Contribution to the Community Award should show clear evidence of a real commitment to the neighbourhood.
The first winner of the award in 2014, ex-head of arts at Bourne Academy Ted Fisk, worked to promote the world of performing arts across the Deepings and Bourne.
Speaking at the time, Mr Fisk, now head of drama at Kim Stimpson Community School in Peterborough, said: “Art is a very spiritual thing that brings people together and I’ve seen the good it can do, not only in Bourne but in other areas too.”
In 2015, it was the entire Bourne Academy school who won for its annual Christmas hampers competition which sees students from Years 7 to 13 design and present gift hampers to the residents of Butterfield Day Care Centre in Bourne.
On receiving the award, Laurence Reilly, executive head teacher of Bourne Academy, said: “Our students love helping older people.”
In 2016, Bourne Grammar Schoool sixth form student Ayla Rayner (18), of Bourne, won the award for her work with SEND children at Willoughby School and children’s charity Little Miracles.
Ayla said: “It’s so rewarding to see what other children can do.”
• You can nominate a pupil, student, team, group, class, teacher, support staff member or school across one or more of the awards’ 12 categories by clicking on a link below.
Nomination forms are also available by emailing Denise Vickers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Completed forms should be returned, either by email or post, no later than 5pm on Friday, May 25, at the same time as schools break up for their half term holidays.
A panel of judges, drawn from the south-east Lincolnshire area, will then meet in early June to choose three finalists in each category, including the winner.
This is ahead of the awards night itself which will take place at South Holland Centre, Spalding, on Thursday, July 5, at 7pm when representatives from each of the award sponsors will present trophies and certificates to the finalists.
Three nominees in each award category will be invited to the awards, along with parents and staff from schools and pre-schools in South Holland, as well as Bicker, Frampton, Kirton, Sutterton, Swineshead and Wyberton, the Deepings, Bourne and their surrounding villages.