The best of south-east Lincolnshire education had its big night out at Spalding’s South Holland Centre for the third annual Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards.
At least 200 people were inside the centre’s function room on Thursday night to cheer on pre-schools, primary and secondary schools, as well as sixth forms, from across South Holland, the Deepings, Bourne and villages south of Boston.
In total, 12 awards were presented during the event organised by the Free Press and our sister newspaper, the Spalding Guardian, in association with Duncan & Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, Pinchbeck.
Two of Spalding’s flagship schools, St Norbert’s Catholic Primary School, Spalding, and Spalding High School, carried off the two biggest prizes of School of the Year (Primary) and School of the Year (Secondary) respectively.
Staff from St Norbert’s, whose Oftsed “Outstanding” status last September has led to continued progress over the last 12 months, were jubilant as they received their trophy from Kim Tomkins of award category sponsors Mana Education, Rutland.
Year Two teacher Sharon Bools, who has worked at St Norbert’s for 11 years, said: “Our school has been on a very long journey and so we felt that it was time to say ‘this is how far we’ve come’”.
Yeat Three teacher Sam Morton added: “We’re a family and this award both celebrates and encapsulates the pupils, teaching staff, parents and wider community.
The other category finalists, Long Sutton Primary School and Tydd St Mary Primary School, were presented with certificates during the event.
Meanwhile, Spalding High School went one better than its finalists’ placing last year to be named School of the Year (Secondary).
A breathtaking year of academic, sporting, community and cultural success was recognised by award judges who placed Spalding High School just ahead of Bourne Academy and Spalding Academy.
We were humbled and proud to have been shortlisted against such tough competition in so many categoriesMichele Anderson, headmistress of Spalding High School
Michele Anderson, headmistress of Spalding High School, said: “We were humbled and proud to have been shortlisted against such tough competition in so many categories.
“Everyone at the High is as pleased as punch to have won the School of the Year (Secondary) Award and we all had fun at what was a tremendous celebration of all that is positive about education.”