LEP Education Awards - The winners

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Primary School Pupil of the Year - Sponsored by Old Holly Farm.

Thomas Lambert from Pilling St John’s CE Primary School near Preston scooped this accolade.

Lancashire Evening Post Education Awards 2014 Presentation Evening at the Charter Theatre in Preston All the winners

Lancashire Evening Post Education Awards 2014 Presentation Evening at the Charter Theatre in Preston All the winners

Thomas is head boy in recognition of all the hard work and involvement at the tiny school.

He supports all the school events and is described as a stalwart in the environmental club leading the younger pupils, he presents the school at numerous concerts and activities sharing his musical talents on the cornet and school choir.

Thomas is respected by staff and pupils and has a great sense of humour.

He is always there when he is needed.

The school says Thomas is trustworthy and responsible and a credit.

Secondary School Pupil of the Year - Sponsored by Preston’s College

Gemma Robinson is described as a model student by everyone at Lostock Hall Academy.

She strives to achieve success in all she does. She is a prefect, a school council representative and a member of the brass band while she also takes courses in first aid and sign language in her free time.

Gemma is an accomplished pianist and tutors younger pupils.

she is said to be an excellent role model for young people. Gemma shows maturity beyond her years and a clear desire to help others.

She is said to be a model citizen and someone who makes the most of every opportunity.

Sustainable School Award - Sponsored by Sainsbury’s

Pilling St John’s CE Primary

School has seen its eco work further embedded and extended into daily life.

The school council led projects including book swaps, composting, odd sock recycling, a milk bottle challenge (100 ways to reuse a milk bottle).

Other activities have included a bird feeding project, eco clubs for both juniors and infants, allotments which provides the school with produce and the building a bee garden with help from the Rotary Club.

Inspirational Teaching Award - Sponsored by Westinghouse

Scott Martland from St Andrew’s CE Primary School in Ashton, Preston, was rewarded with this accolade in recognition of the exceptional work and contribution he makes to the school and community with his work in and outside of school time.

Besides his role as a year six teacher, he co-ordinates many clubs and can always be found at lunch and break times coaching pupils ready for another sports competition.

He is also chairman of the Preston Schools Sports Council, as well as being an ouststanding teacher.

Scott has high expectations and spurs his students on to reach higher than expected standards, many of his pupils have gone on to do level six in their Sats.

Sports Achievement Award - Sponsored by UCLan

All Hallows Catholic High School in Penwortham has enjoyed multiple sports successes this year.

The netball team has had a wonderful season, both the year seven A and B teams are district league and tournament winners. The boys football team has also excelled with the year seven five-a-side team winning the South Ribble Championships and then went on to win the Lancashire finals and represent the county in the North of England Championships.

Young Scientist/Engineer Award - Sponsored by BAE Systems

Joint winners were Fulwood Academy and Jamie Edwards from Penwortham Priory Academy.

Jamie made history in March when, at the age of 13, he became the world’s youngest fusioneer – basically he made a star in a jar.

Over the last few months he has enjoyed international fame, appearing on TV shows including the famous Letterman Show in New York and spoken about his scientific skills to people from as far apart as Russia, Japan and Eire.

He hopes to become a nuclear scientist in the future but despite his new found fame remains a “down to Earth” lad.

A team of students from Fulwood Academy school won the regional Royal Society of Chemistry competition.

The school, in Preston, beat off tough competition from other local schools in a series of timed challenges.

As part of the contest, they had to submit a presentation in their practical work in the chemistry lab.

Health and Wellbeing Award - Sponsored by Spar

Mayfield School in Chorley is, officially, very special.

This school won the gold award in the Lancashire County Council’s Chairman’s Challenge.

The school council went to County Hall and had to show the mayor, councillors and a judging panel their wok on healthy food, healthy life and healthy me.

They showcased their posters and photos of their healthy tuck shop and gave out healthy flapjacks from their own healthy recipe book and pupils even serenaded the judges with a healthy rap.

Educational Tours Award - Sponsored by WST

Students at All Hallows Catholic High School have embarked on several trips during the past academic year.

One student told us the German exchange was the best week of her life.

The pupils at this Penwortham school stayed with local families in their host country and experienced school life.

This particular trip gave the pupils the chance to improve their language skills and included a visit to Hamburg.

Innovation in Technology Award - Sponsored by Centric, Cuadrilla

Penwortham Priory Academy and Mrs Lisa Cowell.

This school has national iPad Academy status and is one of only 21 schools across the UK taking part in the Tablets for Schools project, which is an initiative formed to campaign for the use of iPads in education.

Teacher Lisa Cowell has led the way in highlighting the use of technology in schools.

She is one of just five teachers in the UK to be part of The Creative Classrooms Lab – bringing together policy makers, teachers and technology suppliers to develop the way tablets can support new learning and tacking methods.

Career Aspiration Award - Sponsored by Preston Provider Group VVLancs

Eldon Primary School in Preston recently hosted a super learning day entitled Reach for the Stars.

Pupils were encouraged to think about what they would like to do when they grew up.

During the day 18 different professions were represented by a host of visitors including: a chef, scientist, fashion designer, a doctor and a nutritionist.

The children visited workshops and reflected on some of the options available for future employment.

Secondary School of the Year - Sponsored by UCLan

Penwortham Priory Academy has seen an exciting year.

Student Jamie Edwards made history becomingthe youngest nuclear fusioneer; the Crow Hills Road school has seen the best GCSE results so far and has achieved iPad Academy status.

The school is now celebrating the completion of A a £1m humanities and language unit.

As part of the school’s 60 years anniversary celebrations local primary schools, community groups and local colleges were invited to paint a board in the themes of a specific year and this gave an inclusive feel to the celebrations.

Students have taken part in fund-raising and visits to India and Morocco helping underprivileged children. There has also been numerous sporting successes.

Priory Academy is a school that never stands still and with its continued improvements strives to give students the chance to develop their individual talents.

Primary School of the Year - Sponsored by Preston Council

St Andrew’s CE Primary in Ashton, Preston, has made exceptional progress moving from satisfactory to outstanding in less than 20 months.

St Andrew’s is one of the top improving schools in the country.

They have strong links with local senior schools and corroboratively hold workshops and educational visits.

These include history workshops and science road shows,

The school has close links with the local community and takes part in many events including church events.

Unsung Hero Award - Sponsored by the Lancashire Evening Post

Voting for this award was left to the public with voters choosing from a shortlist of four: Cheryl Grealis – St Andrew’s CE Primary; Kian Booth – Longsands Primary; George Barker – Penwortham Priory Academy and Jordan Forest from Lostock Hall Academy.

Overall winner was Cheryl Grealis from St Andrew’s.

Overall winner

Cheryl is a high level teaching assistant at the Ashton-on-Ribble school.

According to those who know her she always has a smile on her face and a kind word for everyone.

The school feels “ very blessed to have her at St Andrew’s.

“She will always help regardless of what she is doing and always knows the right thing to do or say in any situation.”

Besides her duties as a teaching assistant, Cheryl is also a pastoral lead, helps the school council, is Fairtrade ambassador, helps out with schools trips, works in the before and after school clubs, junior church, compiles the school leavers book and much, much more.

“Mrs Grealis always puts others before herself .”