The Lancashire Evening Post annual Education Awards ceremony went off with a bang on Tuesday June 30, 2015 as stars from schools across central Lancashire were treated to a glittering night of celebration at Preston’s premier entertainment venue.
Aimed at celebrating the great and good that goes on in schools across Preston and central Lancashire, the awards recognise the achievements that schools and pupils make on a daily basis.
Those who made the shortlist – and the eventual winners who took to the stage at The Guild Hall, were nominated by their schools, parents, governors and the general public as a tribute to the work that goes on.
Guests included The Mayor of Preston, Coun Margaret McManus and Consort Peter Mullineaux.
Also in attendance were the principal of Preston’s College, Lis Smith, Andy Leahy, site director at BAE Systems, Warton, and the deputy editor of the Lancashire Evening Post, Nicola Adam plus teachers, staff, parents and pupils from schools across central Lancashire.
The awards had 13 different categories and were sponsored by Preston’s College and BAE Systems and the response to each and every category was amazing.
In this the fifth year of the LEP Education Awards, for me the first I have been involved with, the passion and commitment to education in the central Lancashire area is clear – and it is amazing to see the awards getting bigger and better every year, with more schools getting involved.Nicola Adam
Nicola said: “In this the fifth year of the LEP Education Awards, for me the first I have been involved with, the passion and commitment to education in the central Lancashire area is clear – and it is amazing to see the awards getting bigger and better every year, with more schools getting involved.”
She added: It is fantastic to hear about the amazing innovation going on in schools across the area. From inspirational teachers to unsung heroes, from outstanding sports achievements to all the wonderful, selfless actions of young people.”
Nicola said the younger generation sometimes got a bad press, with the actions of the minority impacting on the majority.
However, she added: “ It is absolutely uplifting and reassuring to hear about all the wonderful, caring and often exception young people in our schools. The LEP has been championing these young people on its pages since 1886.”
Lancashire Evening Post deputy editor Nicola presented the Primary School Pupil of the Year Award (sponsored by the LEP) to Josie Rawlings.
The Longton Primary school youngster was nominated for being a “superb role model” to her peers and younger pupils.
She was described as an inspiration to younger pupils. She tries hard to promote friendship and cohesion within her class and has learned to act as a mediator when needed.
She is on hand at lunchtime, in her own time, to offer a nurturing hand of friendship and boost pupils’ feelings of self esteem.
Her teachers say: “She is leaving for high school and will be missed.”
Other finalists were: Tia Patel and James Wilkinson, Highfield Priory School in Fulwood, Preston. Tia and James completed the Mini Greater Manchester Run in aid of Ronald McDonald House charity which provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families with children receiving treatment at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Over the last three years, Tia has raised over £2,000, with donations still coming in.
Big hearted Jessica Noblet from Coppull St John’s Primary School in Chorley decided that instead of receiving presents for her birthday, she wanted people to donate to Chorley’s food bank, who were overwhelmed by the amount received.
Her kindness has inspired fellow pupils and staff to also support the food bank and they hold weekly collections of food and other essential items. The school is immensely proud of her.