Preston school can’t afford to attend ceremony after winnng hat-trick of awards

Headteacher Annalisa Howarth, second right front,  with her Reading Recovery Award-winning team. Joanne Lingard is back right
Headteacher Annalisa Howarth, second right front, with her Reading Recovery Award-winning team. Joanne Lingard is back right
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An inner city school has won a hat-trick of national awards.

But the winners can’t afford the cost of attending a red-carpet ceremony to collect them.

Luke Tomlinson wants to collect his reading award in London

Luke Tomlinson wants to collect his reading award in London

English Martyrs Catholic Primary School in Preston has been named winner of Reading Recovery School of the Year, Joanne Lingard is winner of the Teacher of the Year and seven-year-old Luke Tomlinson has been named winner of Reading Recovery Child of the Year category in the prestigious Reading Recovery Awards.

The school, in Sizer Street, Ashton, is no stranger to the awards.

It has been taking part in the Reading Recovery Scheme, aimed at helping children overcome difficulties, since 2010.

Both the school and individuals have been nominated for the past three years for national awards to celebrate outstanding practice in literacy.

We can’t afford to pay for everyone who deserves to go to attend. We approached Virgin and they offered us a deal but it is still going to be at least £1,000 for travel costs and we just don’t have that in the budget.

Annalisa Howarth

Last year, English Martyrs was a finalist for Reading Recovery School of the Year, Reading Recovery Teacher of the Year and Reading Recovery Child of the Year

Representatives were able to go down to London to receive their awards.

This year the school has been told it has won all three categories, but headteacher Annalisa Howarth said the school coffers won’t stretch to pay for all the team to go to the awards ceremony in London on June 26.

She said: “We can’t afford to pay for everyone who deserves to go to attend. We approached Virgin and they offered us a deal but it is still going to be at least £1,000 for travel costs and we just don’t have that in the budget.”

The inner city school put an appeal on its website and received a donation from R Walkers and Sons.

However, the school is still trying to find further sponsorship and donations.

Ms Howarth said the school hoped to send a small team, along with Luke and his mum, to the ceremony and said: “Any donation, no matter how small, will be gratefully received.

“Reading is a basic life skill and it is something we proudly promote here at English Martyrs. This ethos is lived out in the hard and dedicated work that Joanne and all the reading team do in ensuring every one of our children succeeds.

“Reading recovery plays a very important part to the progression of children’s academic success at English Martyrs, so to be recognised nationally is amazing and therefore to be able to go in person to receive the awards would be an unforgettable experience for them.”

Anyone wanting to help can call 01772 556092 or send a message via the school website.