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Knowsley schools honoured at the Educate Awards

by Gemma Melling

Two outstanding schools from Knowsley were triumphant on Friday 29 January, after winning at the Educate Awards.

They were:

  • Halewood Church of England Primary School – winners of the Most Inspirational Primary School Award
  • Plantation Primary School – winners of the Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Primary School Award

Three other Knowsley schools were also runners up at the awards.

  • Evelyn Community Primary School was shortlisted in the Mental Health & Wellbeing Award.
  • Finch Woods Academy was recognised in the SEND Provision Award.
  • St John Fisher Catholic Primary School was shortlisted in the Leadership Team of the Year category.

The ceremony, in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, took place virtually and was streamed on YouTube, due to the current coronavirus restrictions in place. The Educate Awards would have normally been held at the Liverpool Cathedral in November 2020.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Education at Knowsley Council, said: “Congratulations to all the Knowsley schools recognised at the Educate Awards – especially our two winners, Halewood C of E and Plantation Primary.

“We’ve always known that we had so many schools to be proud of in Knowsley, but over the past 12 months their resilience, dedication and tireless support for pupils and families has been outstanding. Each and every school in the borough is worthy of praise and recognition.”

Presented by broadcaster Simon ‘Rossie’ Ross, the live ceremony connected with judges and sponsors, via Zoom, who revealed the winning schools. The event then crossed live to the individuals from the winning schools to find out their reaction in real time.

Each of the 21 awards focus on different aspects of school life, including careers and enterprise, STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects, SEND (special educational needs and disabilities), as well as sport, the arts and mental health and wellbeing.

Inspiring individuals are also recognised through the Teacher of the Year Award, School Support Star of the Year Award, and the latest category to be introduced, the School Governor of the Year Award.

Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, said: “A huge congratulations to all the winning Liverpool schools! I would also like to say a big well done to the runners-up, those who were shortlisted and everyone who took the time to enter last year. You should all be very proud of yourselves!

“It has been really tough for those working in schools and we are so pleased that we have managed to find a way to shine a spotlight on the hard work and dedication that goes on inside and outside of school. We hope this has given a much-needed lift to those in education, given the incredibly challenging times we are going through at the moment.”

Kim added: “2021 is the tenth year of the Educate Awards and we are very excited to start planning an extra special event!”

The Educate Awards ceremony can still be view here.