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Four Sefton schools recognised at regional education awards

Four Sefton schools were recognised at the prestigious Educate Awards ceremony on Friday 15 November. The awards, in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, is now in its eighth year and is the largest education awards in the North West.

  • Formby High School won Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Secondary School category
  • Katherine Lockley from St Thomas CE Primary School won School Support Star of the Year Award
  • Bedford Primary School came runner up for the Eco School Project of the Year Award
  • St Oswald’s CE Primary School was named runner up for the Spirit of Enterprise Award

Over 700 guests gathered for the Educate Awards ceremony held at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, hosted by broadcaster Simon ‘Rossie’ Ross. On the night, 21 awards were handed out to schools in the Liverpool City Region, Lancashire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

Formby High School won the award for Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Secondary School. Sport plays a big part in the school and there is staff wide support for the subject, with non PE staff also helping to take teams and deliver extra-curricular. Formby’s inclusive approach also means that its new KS4 curriculum focuses on health, fitness and wellbeing.

Katherine Lockley from St Thomas CE Primary School was honoured with the School Support Star of the Year Award. Katherine has worked at St Thomas’ CE Primary School for 31 years, devoting her whole career and life to the children, families and communities she serves.

As well as being an amazing teaching assistant, Katherine has single-handedly helped to raise thousands of pounds through her myriad of fundraising events – believed to be well in excess of £100,000 over the years! The school has one of the smallest budgets in the Sefton LEA and without Katherine’s fundraising, St Thomas’ would not be able to continue to invest in providing new resources and improvements to the school.

During the evening there was a number of incredible performances by schools including a tribute to The Beatles by Riverside Primary School, a surprise flash mob from LIPA Sixth Form, a Mary Poppins recital by The Belvedere Academy, whilst Wirral Grammar School for Boys & Wirral Grammar School for Girls sang hits from the musical Chicago and over 60 students from St Julie’s Catholic High School’s performed a medley from its own original production called ‘This is Liverpool’.

Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, says: “A huge well done to Katherine Lockley and Formby High School on their fantastic award wins.

“We are so proud to host an event which champions the creativity, diversity and dedication of teachers, school support stars, schools and colleges from across the North West.

“This year we have been inundated with exceptional entries and so congratulations to all the winners, runners-up and finalists for 2019.”

Associate sponsors include: All About STEM, Angel Solutions, CER, CPMM Media Group, DMR David M Robinson Jewellery & Watches, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Diocesan Schools Trust, Liverpool Learning Partnership, LSSP, Progress To Excellence Group, Satis Education, School Improvement Liverpool, Signature Living and Winstanley College.