EDUCATION AWARDS: Primary education at its best and an amazing student turnaround
In early 2018, Wyberton and Spalding Monkshouse Primary Schools were named in Lincolnshire’s top ten based on the results of assessment tests sat in 2017 and published by the Department for Education.
A primary school whose dedication, innovation and effort are positively affecting the lives of children and the community will be recognised at this year’s Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards.
The Primary School of the Year award is sponsored by Springfields Outlet Shopping and manager Ian Sanderson said: “With a unique and relaxing environment combining shopping with over 25 acres of free Festival Gardens and new leisure attractions, planned for early summer 2018, Springfields is the East of England’s premier retail and leisure destination.
“There are over 50 ‘big name’ stores, including Marks and Spencer, Gap, Fat Face, Next, Skechers and Radley London. “There is also a huge Blue Diamond Garden Centre that has virtually everything you need to spruce up your garden and home from furniture to barbecues, decorative paving to cookware.
“Work on a £1 million imaginative new entertainment centre for all ages is on the way for summer 2018, incorporating a range of new and exciting play activities.
“At its heart, the new development will host the biggest ever JCB Young Driver Zone, an attraction which includes a large track for pedal diggers, huge JCB slide, scaffold-themed climbing frame and other unique interactive play
In addition, there will be a Tree Top Village wooden climbing and play facility, a new sheltered infant sand play and seating area, plus what is believed to be Lincolnshire’s only gold panning activity area.
“The new leisure offer will be situated within the Festival Gardens and will be accessed via a new American-themed diner called Springy’s.
“The popular Jurassic themed Dinosaur miniature golf course will also be fully refurbished.”
Sponsoring the Most Improved Student Award feels like a natural fit for us as it celebrates continuous improvement and achievement, with the students nominated for this award having shown incredible determination and drive
In March 2017, the Department for Education published a report by teacher and behaviour expert Tom Bennett called “Creating a Culture: How School Leaders Can Optimise Behaviour”.
In it, Mr Bennett said: “Behaviour in school is inseparable from academic achievement, safety, welfare, wellbeing and all other aspects of learning.”
The Most Improved Student Award, sponsored for the fourth time by Worldwide Fruit Spalding, recognises the person who has strived to improve their academic performance and shown the most obvious growth in their progress, attitude and discipline.
Steve Maxwell, chief executive officer for Worldwide Fruit Spalding, said: “We are a leading employer in the fresh produce industry, employing over 340 staff at our purpose-built facility in Pinchbeck.
“Worldwide Fruits supplies all the major retailers with apples, pears, avocados and, most recently, stone fruit.
“This year, we have also built a special facility to house our latest venture which is packing fruit baskets for Marks and Spencer.
“We are proud of the many awards we have won over the years, including ones from Marks and Spencer, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, with our achievement of an Investors in People Gold level award in 2017 being a particularly high point for us.
“We constantly invest in our staff through our ‘Growing our Own’ strategy and there are many examples of people who have been promoted during their career with us, including myself and three members of our executive team.
“Our strategic direction ensures we are leading the way in Lean and Continuous Improvement tools and techniques which, along with our focus on staff development, ensures we are an employer of choice in the food industry and beyond.
“Therefore, sponsoring the Most Improved Student Award feels like a natural fit for us as it celebrates continuous improvement and achievement.
“The students nominated for this award have shown incredible determination and drive, both of which are attributes that will support them in the future.”
Amy Loveridge, winner of the Most Improved Student Award in 2015, said: “It has helped me massively with getting into college and it looks great on my CV.
“I continuously feel proud of my self every day knowing that I won the award because it was such a good achievement for me.”
• You can nominate across one or more of the awards’ 12 categories and forms are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Completed forms should be returned no later than 5pm on Friday, May 25.
A panel of judges will then meet in early June to choose three finalists in each category.
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.
Awards categories are: Primary School of the Year, Secondary School of the Year, Student of the Year, Most Improved Student of the Year, Outstanding Sporting Achievement, Inspirational Primary Teacher, Inspirational Secondary Teacher, Support Staff Award, Pre-School of the Year, Pre-School Staff Award, Contribution to the Community and Environmental Award.