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EDUCATION AWARDS 2019: Retired head teacher joins judging panel




A retired head teacher who twice saw his schools have success at the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards will help decide this year's winners.

Laurence Reilly, who stepped down as executive head of both Bourne Academy and Spalding Academy, is one of the judges who will study the nominations in each of the 11 award categories.

Bourne Academy was the first winner of the Secondary School of the Year Award in 2014, a year when the school took four of the 12 awards on offer.

Laurence Reilly and Lucy Conley, with students and staff from Bourne Academy which was named School of the Year (Secondary) at the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards 2014. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG121114-250TW.
Laurence Reilly and Lucy Conley, with students and staff from Bourne Academy which was named School of the Year (Secondary) at the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards 2014. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG121114-250TW.

Four years later, it was Spalding Academy's turn to lift the same award after a remarkable turnaround which saw the school achieve the best GCSE results in its recent history.

Announcing his retirement, Mr Reilly said: "We developed a research-based strategy for running both schools that led to consistently high standards, both in terms of examination outcomes and on a day-to-day basis.

"There is a lot of job satisfaction in working in such an orderly and vibrant learning community, supporting the well-mannered students we are blessed with at both Bourne and Spalding Academies."

Spalding Academy lift the Secondary School of the Year prize at the 2018 Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards. Photo by Tim Wilson. 050718148SG
Spalding Academy lift the Secondary School of the Year prize at the 2018 Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards. Photo by Tim Wilson. 050718148SG

Under Mr Reilly's leadership, invaluably supported by his successor as executive head, Lucy Conley, Bourne Academy has been a reliable and enthusiastic supporter of our Education Awards since they began in 2014.

In total, the two schools together have won ten first place trophies and 21 finalists' certificates between 2014 and 2018.

Mr Reilly said: "The defining factor has always been that our students are the most people at our schools."

Laurence Reilly handed over to Lucy Conley as executive head teacher of Bourne Academy and Spalding Academy in January 2019. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-221118-003TW
Laurence Reilly handed over to Lucy Conley as executive head teacher of Bourne Academy and Spalding Academy in January 2019. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-221118-003TW


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