There are just two weeks left to nominate pre-schools and schools for consideration in this year’s Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards.
This is a chance for pupils, students, teachers and support staff at primary and secondary schools across South Holland, Bourne, the Deepings and villages south of Boston to gain some much-needed recognition for their efforts over the past year.
For the first time in 2015, pre-schools and playgroups are also included with awards for Pre-School of the Year, sponsored by Ashwood Homes of Holbeach, and the Pre-School Staff Award, sponsored by Riverside Training of Spalding.
One example of what difference these awards, held in association with Duncan and Toplis Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, can make is 2014 Student of the Year Poppy Hudson (13) of Sir John Gleed School, Spalding.
Poppy’s mum Adelaide Hudson said: “It’s definitely given her a bit of self-confidence and a boost.
“We were all a little bit apprehensive when Poppy was nominated because it was a new thing and we went, not really expecting anything to happen.
When Poppy’s name was called out, we were so shocked and the recognition she’s had since the awards last November has been lovelyMum of 2014 Student of the Year Poppy Hudson
“When Poppy’s name was called out, we were so shocked and the recognition she’s had since the awards last November has been lovely.
“My daughter is a really lovely girl who loves giving and isn’t worried about anything because she just throws herself into things.
“She really wanted to go to Sir John Gleed School and so it was quite nice for them to get a little bit of publicity as well, along with Poppy.”
Meanwhile, ex-Bourne Academy student and 2014 Outstanding Sporting Achievement Award winner Kayleigh Adams (19) has gone on to become the second-best triathlete in her age group across Lincolnshire with a silver medal at the European Sprint Triathlon Championships in July.
In a post on social media, Kayleigh (now at Loughborough University) said: “I’ve had an awesome season, with some results that I could only have dreamed of. It’s been a season with a lot of ups and downs, more downs than ups, but that’s just the way sport can go.
“But it’s true that you have to have the bad days to appreciate the good days and I can’t wait to see what the good days will bring me.”
To nominate visit click on ‘Education awards’ section of this website.