EDUCATION AWARDS: Good news for students turning over a new leaf

Amy Loveridge (left), Most Improved Student 2015, with Scott Gilding (front0 and staff from The Willoughby School, Bourne, Fenton Edwards (front right) of Bourne Academy and Steve Maxwell, chief executive officer of Worldwide Fruit Ltd.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Amy Loveridge (left), Most Improved Student 2015, with Scott Gilding (front0 and staff from The Willoughby School, Bourne, Fenton Edwards (front right) of Bourne Academy and Steve Maxwell, chief executive officer of Worldwide Fruit Ltd. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Parents often tell their children that “school days are the best days of your life”.

The quote’s origin may have come from the novel Tom Brown’s Schooldays by Thomas Hughes in which the author said: “Don’t be in a hurry about finding your work in the world, but just look about you in the place you find yourself in”.

However, children and young people sometimes find school to be the worst days of their lives, either through lack of confidence or lack of effort.

Amy Loveridge, of Spalding, was on the verge of wasting her years at the town’s Sir John Gleed School, before a passion for sports and extra responsibilities as a Prefect in Year 11 brought about what one teacher described as a “fantastic turnaround”.

Speaking about her 2015 Most Improved Student Award, Amy said: “I wasn’t ever expecting the award to be honest.

“But I improved myself and it has paid off with something both my family and I are proud of.

Abi Hill, formerly of Bourne Academy and winner of the 2014 Most Improved Student Award, with Steve Maxwell, CEO of Worldwide Fruit Ltd.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Abi Hill, formerly of Bourne Academy and winner of the 2014 Most Improved Student Award, with Steve Maxwell, CEO of Worldwide Fruit Ltd. Photo by Tim Wilson.

“It means a lot as I know how far I’d come, how much I’d improved and how much better it’s made me feel about myself.

“Winning the Most Improved Student Award last year was a great achievement and one I’ll always be proud of.”

The Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian are inviting primary and secondary schools across South Holland, Bourne and the Deepings, as well as those in Bicker, Kirton, Sutterton, Swineshead and Wyberton, to nominate a youngster who has strived to improve their academic performance and behaviour.

For the third year running, the Most Improved Student Award is sponsored by Worldwide Fruit Ltd of Pinchbeck which was established in 2000 and now employs more than 300 people, supplying apples, pears, avocados and citrus fruits grown in the UK, Europe, North and South America, New Zealand and South Africa.

We chose the Most Improved Student category as we feel it is rewarding to recognise someone who may not find school and studying easy, nor a natural thing to do initially

Steve Maxwell, chief executive officer of Worldwide Fruit Ltd, Pinchbeck

Steve Maxwell, chief executive officer of Worldwide Fruit Ltd, said: “We are delighted to be again sponsoring the Most Improved Student category at the Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards 2016.

“As a business, we are keen to employ young people and we chose the Most Improved Student category as we feel it is rewarding to recognise someone who may not find school and studying easy, nor a natural thing to do initially.

“It is both encouraging and rewarding to recognise someone like Amy Loveridge who showed last year that learning from your mistakes or setbacks is as, if not more important than being naturally gifted or talented.

As winner of the 2015 Most Improved Student Award, Amy succeeded former Bourne Academy student Abi Hill who experienced both temporary exclusion from school and teenage pregnancy before she turned into a model student.

Abi said: “I wasn’t very well-behaved or very good in school at all.

“But then I got pregnant with my three-year-old son, got a place in the sixth form and it’s gone on from there.”

HOW TO NOMINATE

To nominate a school for an award, request a

nomination form by emailing denise.vickers@jpress.co.uk or call 01775 765400 and we will send one out to you. Please state which category/categories you wish to nominate in

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS MONDAY, OCTOBER 10

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