Awards recognising the efforts and achievements of everyone involved in schools and education in Knowsley were handed out at a glittering event held at Knowsley Hall this evening (Thursday 27 June).
The Knowsley Education Awards, now in its second year, recognised inspirational teachers, high achieving pupils, supportive governors and strong leadership teams in the borough.
The event highlighted achievements across the borough’s schools, honouring and rewarding the many examples of excellent practice, as well as showcasing the talent, ambition and dedication of everyone involved in education in Knowsley.
Among the big winners were Knowsley Lane Primary in Huyton and Kirkby High, who were named joint winners of School of the Year.
Meanwhile, Outstanding Achievement Awards went to Philip Walker from St Columba’s Catholic Primary School, Huyton; Katy Allen from Halewood Academy and Sonny Horrocks from Alt Bridge School, Huyton.
Teacher of the Year was Darren Partington from Northwood Community Primary, and the Governing Body of the Year Award went to St John Fisher Catholic Primary in Knowsley Village.
Meanwhile, Ethan Jones and Katie Askell from Park View Academy, Jessica Hughes from St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High in Whiston and Katie Maudsley from Alt Bridge School all picked up awards recognising an Outstanding Contribution to School Life.
Guests enjoyed fantastic entertainment from pupils from Prescot Primary and Plantation Primary at the prestigious event, hosted at the historical Knowsley Hall.
Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “To see so many inspirational teaching staff and high-achieving pupils from Knowsley being recognised for their efforts tonight is fantastic.
“Behind each of the award winners is an incredible story of commitment and determination of which Knowsley can be extremely proud.
“Congratulations to all the winners, who have inspired us all.”
The Knowsley Education Awards 2019 winners in full:
Outstanding Contribution to School Life (Primary)
Ethan Jones – Park View Academy, Huyton.
Katie Askell – Park View Academy, Huyton.
Outstanding Contribution to School Life (Secondary)
Jessica Hughes – St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic Centre for Learning, Whiston.
Jessica was nominated by her headteacher for resilience following the Manchester Arena attack, her work with Knowsley Youth Parliament & in the community with police to tackle knife crime.
Outstanding Contribution to School Life (Special)
Katie Maudsley – Alt Bridge School, Huyton.
Katie’s headteacher says she is a fantastic role model in school, always helping others, nothing ever too much trouble and that she’s a “total joy to teach”.
Outstanding Achievement (Primary)
Philip Walker – St Columba’s Catholic Primary School, Huyton.
Philip is a talented musician who inspires everyone that hears him play.
Outstanding Achievement (Secondary)
Katy Allen – Halewood Academy.
Katy’s teachers say she’s a wonderful ambassador for the school, hardworking & ambitious – an inspiration.
Outstanding Achievement (Special)
Sonny Horrocks – Alt Bridge School, Huyton.
Sonny is an amazing young man who loves a challenge & has raised thousands of pounds for homeless charity Whitechapel this year.
Artist of the Year
Michael Rowan – The Prescot School.
Michael is a talented actor & singer who, despite a busy year appearing in several performances, still found time to run a drama club for other students.
Scientist of the Year
Olivia Melbourne – Holy Family Catholic Primary, Halewood.
Olivia’s teachers say they thought of her as soon as they saw this award. A budding palaeontologist, Olivia’s intriguing inventions include ‘elephants’ toothpaste’!
Sports Person of the Year
Rueben Canavan – All Saints Catholic High, Kirkby.
A dedicated sportsman Reuben always finds time for his studies as well as an intensive training regime.
Apprentice of the Year
Stephen Johnson – Northwood Community Primary, Kirkby.
Leah Gould – Knowsley Village Primary.
Teacher of the Year
Darren Partington – Northwood Community Primary, Kirkby.
With a vibrant & energetic teaching style, Mr Partington is described as “truly inspirational”.
Support Champion of the Year
Stan Fitzpatrick – St Laurence’s Primary, Kirkby.
Kind-hearted Stan is the Site Manager at St Laurence’s Primary. Not only does he go ‘above and beyond’ to keep the building up to a high standard and support the pupils’ learning, he also spends his spare time doing lots of good deeds in the local community, too.
Team of the Year
Attendance Team – St Columba’s Catholic Primary, Huyton.
Inclusion Team – Lord Derby Academy, Huyton.
Education Leadership Award
Barry Kerwin – Alt Bridge School, Huyton.
Barry retires soon after many years as an outstanding leader in Knowsley, working to give children the best possible education and experiences.
Governing Body of the Year
St John Fisher Catholic Primary, Knowsley Village.
The outstanding leadership provided by these Governors has helped the school deliver an exciting, engaging and innovative learning experience for the children.
Next Generation: Business Partnership of the Year
Jaguar Land Rover.
The Halewood-based car manufacturer has been working with pupils in Kirkby for three years promoting aspiration and offering invaluable experience of the world of work.
Diversity and Inclusion Award
Emma Hart – Stockbridge Village Primary.
Emma is the SENCO and Inclusion Manager at Stockbridge Village Primary. Her head teacher says she is always sensitive and professional and that she has “utterly transformed” provision for inclusion at the school.
Curriculum Innovation Award
Halewood Church of England Primary.
Judges were impressed by the school’s focus on helping children retain powerful knowledge & vocabulary that will set them up for life.
Transforming Lives Through Partnership Award
Future Female Leaders – Halewood Academy.
School of the Year
Knowsley Lane Primary, Huyton.
Kirkby High School.
Judges felt both schools had an extremely strong story to tell this year.
Described as a ‘sanctuary of safety’ with high expectations and aspirations for its all pupils, Knowsley Lane’s recent Outstanding Ofsted judgement was thoroughly deserved.
Meanwhile, Kirkby High has so much to celebrate this year as it continues on its rapid journey of improvement, as recognised recently by Ofsted.
View more photos from the evening
Take a look at the album on Knowsley Council’s Flickr page.