From star pupils to inspirational teachers and dedicated janitors, the spotlight was shone on the leading lights of Lancashire’s schools.
The Lancashire Evening Post’s Education Awards 2012 at the Preston Marriott Hotel, in Garstang Road on Wednesday, celebrated the finest in education across Central Lancashire.
The event, sponsored by Preston College and BAE Systems, was attended by finalists in nine categories who waited nervously to see who had been chosen by LEP readers for the coveted awards. In the Unsung Hero Award, sponsored by The Midland Hotel in Morecambe, Margaret Arthur who has been a janitor at Tarleton Academy for 11 years took the top prize.
The judges described her as being a ‘second mum to us all’, who ‘Embodies a kindness and a sense of community’.
She said: “I love my job, it is not work as such if you like your job, it is good.
“I am really happy with the children and we have got really good staff.” Primary School Pupil of the Year Award sponsored by Domino’s Pizza, went to seven-year-old Maneeka Patel, of St Andrew’s CE Primary School, in Ashton, Preston.
The judges said Maneeka was a member of the school council, involved in fundraising activities, sporting and musical events, eco-issues and helping to establish St Andrew’s as a Fairtrade school.
She said: “I just feel so shocked, I never thought it would be me.
“I work very hard but this would not have been possible without Mr *Maitland*.
“My favourite subject is numeracy, I like problem solving.”
Secondary School Pupil of the Year, sponsored by Preston College, went to 15-year-old Hannah Johnson, of Tarleton Academy who judges said was fundraises for the International Aid Trust and Children in Need and is a member of the school council.
She said: “I am pleased, I was really glad to be nominated but winning was even better.”
Primary School of the Year, sponsored by Global Renewables, was won by Brockholes Wood Community Primary School in Preston which was said to prepare pupils to become ‘active role models’ in their communities.
Head teacher Anita Edwards, said: “I think we won because we try to develop the whole child, nurturing is important to the school so every child can reach their full potential.”
The Sustainable School of the Year, sponsored by BAE Systems, was won by Astley Park School in Chorley, while the UCLan Sport Achievement Award went to Bolton-le-Sands CE Primary School.
The School Lifestyle Award, sponsored by Waitrose, was won by Willow Lane Community Primary School in Lancaster and Secondary School of the Year, sponsored by UCLan, was won by Southlands High School in Chorley.