Bourne legacy at star awards

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Bourne Academy is free to party after emerging as the big winner at the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards.

Held for the first time on Wednesday, in association with Duncan and Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, Bourne Academy won four of the 12 awards on offer.

Head of drama Ted Fisk took the Contribution to the Community Award, Abi Hill was named Most Improved Student and Kayleigh Adams, the UK’s top triathlete at under-20 level, won the Outstanding Sporting Achievement Award.

But the night got even better for Bourne Academy when headteacher Laurence Reilly collected the School of the Year (Secondary) prize, presented by David Gratton, managing partner of award sponsors Duncan and Toplis.

Bourne Academy finished ahead of Spalding Grammar School and Sir John Gleed School, Spalding.

Mr Reilly said: “We feel very close to the Spalding area as many of our best students come from the area, so we’re proud of the three individual awards.

“But most of all, we’re absolutely over the moon to get the overall School of the Year (Secondary) Award.

“We’re increasing standards all the time and there’s a lot of hard work that’s gone into it.”

Chairman of governors Will Hawkins said: “It’s a big challenge for us, having a grammar school in Bourne, so it’s important for us to work with other parts of the community, other than just Bourne.

“But the biggest thing for us is the happiness of the children and when they come back after having enjoyed the whole experience of being at a very successful school.”