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Spalding Guardian and Lincolnshire Free Press Education Award finalists are named

The finalists for the sixth Spalding Guardian and Lincolnshire Free Press Education Awards have finally been announced.

After a record breaking number of nominations, our judges have painstakingly whittled them down to find our finalists.

The finalists are:

Winners from a previous awards
Winners from a previous awards

Contribution to the Community:

Daisy Darley - Spalding High School

Oakley & Edith Bateman - The Deepings School

Fowler Welch are one of the Education Award sponsors
Fowler Welch are one of the Education Award sponsors

Abi Barks, Charlotte Pool, Emily Sansome & Paige Burton - Spalding High School

Environmental Champion:

Bourne Elsea Park CofE Primary School

Robert Page - Wygate Park Academy

Wygate Park Academy

Pre-School of the Year:

BeBright Preschool

Lilliputs Nursery

Little Treasures Spalding

Inspirational Primary Teacher of the Year:

Bill Lord - Long Sutton Primary School

Miss Kidd - Gosberton Academy

Mrs Suzie Phillips - Thurlby Community Primary Academy

Secondary Student of the Year:

Joshua Cook - The Deepings School

Libby Mayne - Spalding Academy

Millie McNally - Bourne Academy

Outstanding Sporting Achievement:

Jacob Bush - The Deepings School

Toby Bush - The Deepings School

Tilly Garfoot - Spalding High School

Support Staff Member/Team of the Year :

Amanda Cooke - Westmere Primary School

Heather Hudson - Fleet Wood Lane Primary School

Mark Lewis - Spalding Academy

Primary School of the Year:

Long Sutton Primary

St Thomas CofE Primary School, Wyberton

Wygate Park Academy

Secondary School of the Year:

Spalding Academy

Spalding High School

The Deepings School

We have kept nominations for the Primary Student of the Year award open in order to us to find the perfect little stars for the category. You only have until 5pm today (June 11) to vote, so visit www.spaldingeducationawards.co.uk now!

One sponsor of our awards is well aware of the similarities between its business and the education system.

Fowler Welch, which has sponsored the Inspirational Secondary Teacher of the Year award, strives to create an inspiring culture within its working environment, including its site on Spalding’s West Marsh Road, similar to that in education.

A spokesperson said: “It’s fantastic that as a large employer in the area, we have the opportunity to support great initiatives such as the Education Awards.

“Our people are at the heart of everything we do at Fowler Welch and, in the same way educators strive to inspire their pupils, we aim to create a culture that inspires our teams. These awards highlight talented individuals in front and behind the classroom desk, and it’s wonderful to be a part of. Recognising and rewarding great behaviours is at the core of our business and replicating this appreciation through these awards champions what we stand for.”

The Inspirational Secondary Teacher of the Year award recognises outstanding school teachers who inspire in their students a love of learning, who encourage them to pursue excellence and give them the skills and enthusiasm they need to make a positive difference in the world.

The firm has chosen this award to recognise the importance of the fantastic secondary teachers we are lucky to see in our area, not only for what they do for students but also for the community.

The spokesperson added: “We have chosen to sponsor the Inspirational Secondary Teacher of the Year category as we value the important role of the teacher; not only for their pupils, but also the impact they can have on the wider community.

“In what has undoubtedly been a challenging year for students and teachers, the 2020/2021 academic year brought about numerous obstacles for all industries to overcome.

“Much like the fast-moving grocery world in which Fowler Welch operates, education cannot stop. Teachers and students had to adapt to new ways of working, embracing new technologies and making sure they supported each other to achieve their goals.”

This year’s judging has been just as difficult as you may have expected, with so many worthy winners put forward.

The spokesperson said: “The quality of entrants within the category was extremely high and the judging process was not an easy task. In a year where people have been going over-and-above more regularly, it’s fantastic to be able to recognise those who have stepped up even further, inspiring those around them to make a positive difference to their own lives and the lives of those around them. Our congratulations go to all entrants and finalists.”

The ceremony is due to be held at Springfields Events Centre on July 8 subject to Government announcements.

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