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Formby High School is the Winner of Most Inspirational Secondary School at The Educate Awards 2017

Formby High School has won the award for the Most Inspirational Secondary School at the Educate Awards ceremony. The opening act included three Formby schools who were in a 300 strong Super-Choir!

Formby High School was shortlisted for two awards, Most Inspirational Secondary School and the Communication Award. Headteacher, Mr Mackenzie said “I’m delighted. It’s good recognition for all the great work that goes on at Formby High School. It’s not just the staff – the students are wonderful, great kids to teach, they respond really well and it makes it a spot-on place to work”.

Formby High were announced the winners of Most Inspirational Secondary School Award thanks to its impressive academic performance; extra-curricular lessons; fundraising initiatives and experiences students can take part in.

In the words of the school, “Whether it is the students, the staff, the parents or our community partners, Formby High School is home to a diverse family of people, who possess a shared vision to create a unique, world class learning environment to nurture and showcase everyone!”

Most Inspirational Secondary School winner Formby High School with Mark Wray, director and co-founder, Wray Brothers.

Formby High was also shortlisted for the Communication Award but did not win that catagory. The school’s communication team has developed a strategy over the recent years to provide engaging and timely information to parents, students, staff, governors and the wider community.

A parents’ handbook, numerous Twitter feeds, YouTube channel and blogs all showcase ‘Team Formby High’s’ innovation with communication.

Schools across the region have been honoured at the prestigious Educate Awards ceremony on Friday 17 November.

Nearly 600 guests gathered for the Educate Awards ceremony held at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, hosted by broadcaster Simon ‘Rossie’ Ross.

The awards, in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, is now in its sixth year and is the biggest celebration of education in the North West. On the night, 21 awards were handed out to schools in the Liverpool City Region, Lancashire and Cheshire.

The opening act was a 300-strong Super Choir (pictured above) led by musical director Steve Cook from Formby High School. Participating schools included Formby High School; Freshfield Primary School; Redgate Primary School; Saughall All Saints CofE Primary School; St Anne Stanley Primary School and Valewood Primary School.

Guests were also treated to music from St John Rigby College students; a special performance of Beauty and the Beast Jr by Archbishop Blanch School; a fashion show by Holly Lodge Girls’ College and a spoken word performance by five students from The Hollins Technology College.

Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, says: “The Educate Awards is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the teaching profession and say thank you to the remarkable individuals who improve the life chances of our children.

“We are proud to host this event which champions the creativity, diversity and dedication of teachers, school support stars, schools and colleges in the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire and Lancashire. Congratulations to all the winners, runners-up and shortlisted schools.”

The winners were chosen by an esteemed judging panel which includes Michelle Dow, managing director of All About STEM; James Tartt, Merseyside track athlete and architect; Radio City breakfast host Leanne Campbell; Councillor Gary Millar, assistant mayor & mayoral lead for business & international trade; Chris Walker, regional managing editor of Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales; Lesley Martin-Wright, chief executive of Knowsley Chamber; Fiona Barnet, director of The Foundry Agency; Andrew Pimbley of Wirral’s Claremont Farm; Sue Cronin, head of teacher education at Liverpool Hope University and the education team at the respected Everyman and Playhouse Theatres.

Held in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh as title sponsors, other category sponsors include Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU); The Foundry Agency; Wray Brothers; Paul Crowley & Co; The Bishop of Liverpool, The Rt. Revd. Paul Bayes; MILK Education; The Liverpool Learning Partnership (LLP); Shaping Futures; All About STEM; Hi-Impact Consultancy; LSSP; Air Products; School Improvement Liverpool; CER Education, DMR David M Robinson Jewellery & Watches, and Progress Schools.

Full list of award winners

Communication Award Winner: Gateacre School Runner-up: Alsop High School Shortlisted: Formby High School

Eco School Project of the Year

Winner: Calderstones School Runner-up: St Michael’s CofE High School Shortlisted: St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic Centre for Learning

Spirit of Enterprise Award

Winner: Bebington High School Farm Runner-up: St Damian’s RC Science College Shortlisted: Gateacre School

SEND Provision Award

Winner: Finch Woods Academy Runner-up: Clare Mount Specialist Sports College Special Commendation: Alsop High School Shortlisted: Orrets Meadow School and Whitefield Primary School

Innovative and Creative Literacy Award

Winner: The District CE Primary School Runner-up: St Damian’s RC Science College Shortlisted: Middlefield Community Primary School and St John Bosco Arts College

STEM Project of the Year

Winner: Mosslands School Runner-up: The District CE Primary School Shortlisted: Calday Grange Grammar School

Outstanding Arts in a Primary School

Winner: Riverside Primary School Runner-up: St Sebastian’s Catholic Primary School Shortlisted: Bedford Primary

Outstanding Arts in a Secondary School

Winner: Archbishop Blanch School Runner-up: Holly Lodge Girls’ College Shortlisted: The Hollins Technology College

Career Aspiration Award

Winner: St Margaret’s CE Academy Runner-up: The Academy of St Francis of Assisi Shortlisted: Parish CE Primary School and The Academy of St Nicholas

Community Partnership Award

Winner: Alsop High School Runner-up: Kilgarth School Shortlisted: Woodchurch CE Primary School

Outstanding Teaching of Life Skills

Winner: Netherton Moss Primary School Runner-up: Eldon Primary School Shortlisted: The Academy of St Francis of Assisi

Innovation in Education Award

Winner: Evelyn Community Primary School Runner-up: The Hollins Technology College Shortlisted: The Academy of St Francis of Assisi

Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Primary School

Winner: Plantation Primary School Runner-up: Booker Avenue Junior School Shortlisted: Bickerstaffe CE School and St Oswald’s CE Primary School

Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Secondary School

Winner: Rainford High Runner-up: Bebington High School Shortlisted: Gateacre School

Leadership Team of the Year

Winner: Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School Runner-up: Winstanley College Shortlisted: Ormiston Chadwick Academy

Teacher of the Year

Winner: Ruth Partington – The Academy of St Nicholas Runner-up: Matthew O’Keeffe – The Belvedere Academy Shortlisted: Kirstin O’Kane – Bickerstaffe CE School, Maz Catterall – Halewood Academy and Suaad Hussain – The Academy of St Francis of Assisi

Support Star of the Year

Winner: Sara Mitchell – New Park Primary School Runner-up: Michelle Goodwin – Hope Academy Shortlisted: Linda Farrelly – The Academy of St Nicholas, Greg McLean – St Margaret’s Academy and Fran Gaskell – St Christopher’s Catholic Primary School

Most Inspirational 16-18 Education Provider

Winner: St John Rigby College Runner-up: Alsop High School Shortlisted: Archbishop Blanch School and Birkenhead Sixth Form College

Most Inspirational Secondary School

Winner: Formby High School Runner-up: Halewood Academy Shortlisted: Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School

Most Inspirational Primary School

Winner: Eldon Primary School Runner-up: Whitefield Primary School and New Park Primary School

Wow Recognition Award

Winner: The Hollins Technology College Runner-up: Rudston Primary School Shortlisted: Holy Family Catholic Primary School and Rainford High

The awards, in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, is now in its sixth year and is the biggest celebration of education in the North West.

Held at Liverpool Cathedral, it is the one night of the year where the excellence of schools in the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire and Lancashire is celebrated and rewarded in a unique fashion, bringing together inspiring leaders and support staff to showcase the brilliance within the region’s education sector.

Hundreds of entries were sent in across the 21 award categories, breaking previous records. Categories include the WOW Recognition Award, Outstanding Sport and Teacher of the Year.

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