Shortlist 2019

Ahead of this year’s Educate Awards on 15 November, we are delighted to share with you a brief overview of the shortlisted entries that were submitted by schools and colleges from across the North West.

As there are 21 categories to celebrate on the night, why not take the opportunity before the ceremony to familiarise yourself with the incredible work that is going on in the education sector.  

The Communication Award

Shortlisted: Alsop High School

Alsop High School celebrated its centenary this year and with its school council, and after extensive consultation, they developed a strategy to engage and reach out to the north Liverpool community. Alsop sought to communicate its vision that it is ‘more than just a school’ and togetherness is at the heart of the school community.

Shortlisted: Whalley Range High School

Whalley Range High School’s media and web team is like a well-oiled machine; they work to an incredibly high standard – proactively, independently and collectively. They design, produce and share content to audiences across appropriate and powerful mediums, ensuring that parents, carers, students, staff and the wider community are kept up to date with the latest news.

Shortlisted: Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy

Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy’s science department proved that social media can be an innovative learning tool. Staff use Instagram as a place to share photos and videos to accepted followers and allows for a safe space for the science team to show what they are doing on a daily basis as well as a revision tool to engage and drive pupils.

Eco School Project of the Year

Shortlisted: All Saints Catholic Primary School

All Saints Catholic Primary School’s ‘Eco Emeralds’ recently teamed up with Iceland to research the plight of bees and find ways to help them. The children’s ideas were adored and they were invited to visit Iceland’s head office to present them to the supermarket’s MD, Richard Walker. The children’s ideas were also used for a campaign, Backyard Nature, and the children were enlisted as consultants and paid for their work.

Shortlisted: Bedford Primary School

Bedford Primary School developed a cross curricular project about the plastic crisis and what can be done to make a difference. During this project, they looked at ‘The Journey of Single Use Plastic’ and during science week, they took pupils to Crosby beach to take part in a beach clean, providing a real life experience to directly impact upon learning.

Shortlisted: Evelyn Community Primary School

Evelyn Community Primary School aims to empower children to drive change and improve their environmental awareness through sustainable based projects on a whole school platform. The school strives be at forefront eco sustainability and is the only school in Knowsley to have the Green Flag Award.

Shortlisted: Heswall Primary School

Heswall Primary School is on a mission to raise awareness of the vital importance of animal conservation using the power of film making, collaborative projects and global school twinning.

Its successful ‘Wirral Science Under the Stars’ event attracts over 1000 children, families, students, environmental professionals and businesses, and has over 50 organisations from across the North West running stalls to promote science and conservation.

Spirit of Enterprise Award

Shortlisted: Halewood Church of England Academy

Enterprise is built into Halewood CE’s curriculum. Many opportunities are provided enabling children to develop the skills required to be a successful entrepreneur. From Reception to Year 6, all children experience and learn about enterprise.

Shortlisted: St Damian’s RC Science College

St Damian’s RC Science College has been recognised for its enterprising projects within the community, particularly its relationship with Willow Wood Hospice. The college hosted a Dragon’s Den competition to engage pupils in developing an awareness of entrepreneurship as well as raise vital funds for Willow Wood Hospice.

Shortlisted: St Oswald’s CE Primary School

St Oswald’s highly successful TREE (Training for Responsibility, Education and Employment) project motivates and inspires children to work hard and achieve highly. The project sets out clear targets for the children to work towards, these are based on the values needed to succeed in education or employment.

Innovative and Creative Literacy Award

Shortlisted: Parish Church of England Primary School

Parish Church of England Primary School demonstrated its commitment to literacy and how it encourages reading outside of school. Its mission involved gaining the support and understanding of parents who encourage their child to read for pleasure. From parental workshops, coffee mornings and whole school events, the school now has classes full of book worms!

Shortlisted: Middlefield Community Primary School

Middlefield Community Primary School developed a bespoke reading and writing curriculum called ‘Middlefield Chatterboxes’ which has dramatically raised standards in English throughout the school. Having been designed and developed by staff at the school, the effect of Chatterboxes has seen its pupils match or outperform children locally and nationally.

Shortlisted: Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Primary School

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Primary School has derived an innovative curriculum after realising pupils love to combine outdoor learning, PE, music, drama with literacy. Teachers at the school created ‘Fizzy Grammar’ (fizzy being a play on the word physical) and rolled out a number of successful kinaesthetic activities in order to raise attainment and engagement.

SEND Provision Award

Shortlisted: Abbot’s Lea School

Abbot’s Lea School in Woolton is an outstanding school that specialises in the highest quality holistic education for nearly 300 young people with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and associated complex learning and social needs. Abbot’s Lea School proudly combines tradition and innovation which aims to deliver the best special education in the country and beyond.

Shortlisted: Rainford High

Rainford High’s ethos, ‘Everyone Matters, Everyone Helps, Everyone Succeeds’, is a way of being for the school. Its dedicated SENCo team means that its SEND provision and reputation within St Helens and beyond has grown massively. Every child on the SEND register, regardless of funding or statement, is allocated a key worker, who is always on hand to ensure that pupils are thriving.

Shortlisted: Plantation Primary School

Ensuring that all children experience safe, stable and nurturing environments is an integral part of Plantation Primary School’s School Development Plan. With 10% of its children on the SEND register and 59% categorised as vulnerable, they see emotional well-being and resilience as central to the development, learning and happiness of the children in their care.

Shortlisted: The Barlow RC High School

The Barlow High School’s mission ‘If you believe you can achieve’ forms the basis of its SEND provision and shines through in the way the SEND department looks after pupils with a range of needs. With dedicated programmes and timetables, students are given one-to-one and small group support in order to help them access the mainstream curriculum and build positive relationships.

STEM Project of the Year

Shortlisted: Cardinal Langley School

Cardinal Langley recently represented the North West at the ‘Race for the Line’ national rocket car competition. Three year 7 students travelled to RAF Wittering to compete against the other regional finalists to design and build a rocket car to travel over 60 mph. They achieved second place out of all schools across the UK.

Shortlisted: Gateacre School

Four inspirational year 10 girls from Gateacre School designed and produced an eco-friendly range of unique natural bath and skin care to treat eczema and other skin conditions, which is not only kind to skin but kind to the planet. They were crowned Junior Science Winners of the Big Bang Competition ‘UK Young Scientists & Engineers of the Year 2019’.

Shortlisted: Landgate School

After successfully applying for a British Science Kick Start grant, the school’s science lead devised an innovative whole school British Science Week schedule incorporating all classes from early years to college. The event saw parents, families and members of the local community attend the party and get involved in engaging activities and experiments. As a result of the event, evaluations indicate that 62% of attendees felt that they had much more of an interest in Science.

Outstanding Arts in Primary School

Shortlisted: Bedford Primary School

Bedford Primary School’s Finale Show was a whole school effort, from designing and making costumes, marketing and promotion to enlisting pupils from its musical theatre group and the Sing & Sign Choir. The experience of putting together a big show encouraged pupils to overcome any fears they had and the overwhelming feeling afterwards was that they ‘could do anything that they wanted to’.

Shortlisted: Lister Junior School

After Lister Junior School became a public examination centre for Trinity College London – the international exam board for Performing Arts – the school set about creating a performing arts programme that would allow them to showcase their pupils’ huge repertoire of skills. Not only has every child at the school entered a Grade 2 Performance in Production Exam and achieved a Distinction, they also collaborate with other schools in the area and ensure the arts is viewed as an essential part of a holistic education.

Shortlisted: Riverside Primary School

Having recognised there are words of the natural world disappearing from children’s lives, Riverside Primary School became ‘Guardians of the Lost Words’ and went on a quest to unearth the words that are being removed from young people’s vocabularies today. From bluebells, conkers and otters, the pupils took inspiration from the great outdoors and created an art masterpiece exhibition which was displayed at Hope University.

Outstanding Arts in Secondary School

Shortlisted: Hillside High School

Following the success of Hillside’s first ever Arts Showcase, the school is now hosting the event annually in order to celebrate all of the creative areas of the school, including art, design technology, dance, drama, film and music. Students from all year groups are keener than ever to have their work included in the showcase which means the quality of work across the school has never been as high. Testament to this, GCSE results in Art and Design saw 94% of students achieve 9-4 grades.

Shortlisted: St Julie’s Catholic High School

St Julie’s ArtSchool 2018 was a festival of the performing arts for young people in years 7 to 13 with categories in dance, drama and music. The festival was open to all secondary schools across the Liverpool City Region, allowing them to showcase their students’ talent and celebrate performing arts as a whole. The event saw over 10 other schools take part with a renowned judging panel awarding performances and providing expert feedback.

Shortlisted: The Belvedere Academy

Belvedere’s production of Mary Poppins had parents, pupils, friends and patrons astounded at the quality of the production showing the powerful impact its arts curriculum has had on the academy’s community, where staff and pupils alike have worked tirelessly going above and beyond to produce a show that wows.

Shortlisted: Wirral Grammar Boys and Wirral Grammar Girls

Wirral Grammar School for Girls and Wirral Grammar School for Boys are neighbouring but entirely separate schools serving the community of Wirral. Both schools are hugely committed to the arts, and have an extensive range of extracurricular activities where they work separately and together. This year’s production of Chicago is another prime example of how working collaboratively can deliver an exceptional show.

Career Aspiration Award

Shortlisted: Abbot’s Lea School

The Woolton-based school, which specialises in the highest quality education for students with autism and associated learning needs, prides itself on delivering a dedicated approach in promoting equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Last year it launched a dedicated ‘supported internship’ programme for senior students enabling them to gain experience within a real-life workplace.

Shortlisted: Archbishop Blanch School

Archbishop Blanch seeks innovative approaches to educate students about the variety of career opportunities available to them. They employ a comprehensive approach to inspiring students of all ages, abilities and interests, with successful outcomes measured against the eight GATSBY Benchmarks.

Shortlisted: St Wilfred’s Church of England Primary School

Last year, St Wilfred’s Church of England Primary School held its first Careers and Aspirations Week. Every child in school from nursery upwards took part in a full week of activities designed to inspire pupils to consider and aspire to future careers that they may not already be aware of.

Shortlisted: St Bede’s Catholic High School

St Bede’s Catholic High School’s Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is curated by PE and geography teacher, Lisa Turpin, who balances an exceptionally vibrant calendar of events for students throughout the school so that they start to think about their careers and plan accordingly.

Community Partnership Award

Shortlisted: Chorlton High School

Chorlton High School is a large, diverse, community comprehensive in central Manchester.  Its ethos ‘Successful, Creative and Happy’, underpins the curriculum vision. The school has a strong commitment to a creative and rich extended curriculum, which is driven through the Arts, extensive community links and the promotion of the Chorlton High ‘Qualities of Success’.

Shortlisted: Gateacre School

Gateacre School prides itself on its work within the local community. This year the school really pushed themselves … literally to the other side of the world! World Challenge became the ‘Gateacre Challenge’ during the summer of 2018 as staff and students embarked on the trip of a lifetime, flying to Johannesburg and travelling across to Swaziland and Mozambique, where they helped build a classroom for local children.

Shortlisted: Haydock High School

Haydock High School has built a firm relationship with Christ Church United Reformed Church in Haydock. Over the past few years, the school has worked in partnership with the church to create projects for the community, including remembrance services, WWI art exhibitions, Christmas parties and Christmas hampers. These projects illustrate that the school has a desire to connect with, and serve, its community.

Shortlisted: Whitefield Primary School

Mindful that it is a community school, Whitefield Primary School focuses on serving its vibrant community, not just by providing a wonderful education and excellent outcomes for children but also by developing links with organisations in the area which help their families grow and flourish, so that children have aspiration.

Mental Health & Wellbeing Award

Shortlisted: Bickerstaffe Primary School

Bickerstaffe CE Primary School prides itself on its initiatives that promote whole school mental health and wellbeing, including:

  • Engaging chats with children each day when taking part in The Daily Mile, giving them the opportunity to discuss anything that may have been troubling them
  • Weekly ‘Knit and Knatter’ club where children can chat with members of the local community, whilst also giving elderly neighbours the chance to socialise
  • Motivational messages left for members of staff around the school
  • Meditations and yoga sessions
  • Counselor support
  • School dog ‘Bob’ who lifts the spirits of pupils and staff

 

Shortlisted: Calderstones School

Calderstones School is on a mission to promote, enhance and excel in the provision of the mental health and wellbeing of students and staff. Initiatives include:

  • The development of a team of Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Champions
  • The development of a team of Sixth Form Student Ambassadors for mental health and wellbeing
  • Recognising Mental Health Awareness Day
  • Year 11 mental health and wellbeing morning
  • Staff Yoga
  • Year 7 Wellbeing Dance-athon
  • Student Zumba Sessions

 

Shortlisted: Formby High School

Formby High School is committed to providing students with comprehensive support and guidance in order to help them maintain mental wellbeing. Initiatives include:

  • Dedicated Wellbeing Centre
  • Nurture triage– any student can have access throughout the day to wellbeing mentors
  • A wellbeing corner in the school library where students can access literature aimed at supporting teenagers to understand the issues they are facing
  • Yoga and mindfulness sessions for students and staff
  • The Sefton School Nurse drop-in clinic
  • Bereavement counselling

 

Shortlisted: Northwood Community Primary School

Despite being in an area of deprivation and social disadvantage, Northwood Community Primary School works tirelessly to help the mental health and wellbeing of pupils, staff, parents and carers. Initiatives include:

  • Learning mentors trained in emotional first aid
  • Massage and relaxation sessions
  • Free lunches and breakfasts
  • Forest school and outdoor learning to ensure fresh air and green space enjoyed
  • Wishes and Worries boxes
  • Music therapy
  • Summer Club for vulnerable children
  • Staff given time to attend their own children’s school productions
  • Staff Wellbeing Group

 

Shortlisted: South Deeside Primary School Federation

Made up of six Wirral primary schools, the federation has long been concerned for the mental health of its children and staff. By working together, they identified that they could make a real difference, including:

  • Happiness ambassadors
  • Mental health first aiders and emotional literacy support assistants
  • Active commitment to raising the profile of equal rights education and a celebration of diversity and inclusion
  • School of Sanctuary’ and ‘Outstandingly Happy School’ status for some schools within the federation

 

Shortlisted: St Mary and St Thomas C of E Primary School

St Mary’s and St Thomas C of E Primary School recognise the vital importance of mental health and wellbeing and the impact this has on pupil outcomes and a child’s ability to have a positive and happy school experience. Initiatives include:

  • Dedicated wellbeing team
  • Staff are highly trained in a wide range of therapies and one member is a trained Massage in Schools Programme Instructor
  • Qualified mental health first aiders
  • Extensive support systems in place including help boxes and a dedicated website button that children can use to send an email to the wellbeing team
  • Dedicated KS2 pupils as Wellbeing Ambassadors and Class Wellbeing Companions
  • Mediation room
Innovation in Education Award

Shortlisted: St Vincent’s School for Sensory Impairment

With the National Statistics standing at 85% unemployment for the visually impaired (VI), there is a real need for innovation in education to challenge and change these statistics. The SIGHTBOX has been generated at St. Vincent’s school, with Rotary International, and the creative strengths of its pupils are channelled into designing access to sports technology to facilitate inclusion, participation and friendship generation.

Shortlisted: St Teresa of Lisiuex Catholic Primary School

St Teresa’s has developed a unique bespoke curriculum that is designed to be creative, inclusive and challenging. A curriculum that inspires children in an immersive environment which stimulates and supports high quality learning. Its curriculum is designed around real projects. This way of learning allows children to develop their own self-confidence and creativity, as well as develop skills that prepare them for a world outside of school.

Shortlisted: Whitefield Primary School

Whitefield Primary School seeks to be research based practitioners. To achieve this, the school uses a ‘Lesson Study Approach’ and is part of a network of schools using this method. Its recent use of virtual reality which took children in to a different world so that they could explore situations and develop wider vocabulary and understanding to support their writing.

Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Primary School

Shortlisted: Halewood Church of England Primary School

Halewood C of E Primary School has developed an ethos where sport and physical activity are considered an integral part of school life; where all children’s sporting achievements and talents are celebrated and nurtured.

Shortlisted: Plantation Primary School

Plantation Primary School promotes and provides exciting, engaging sporting opportunities, so that children leave school with the knowledge of how to lead a healthy lifestyle and the desire to be life-long participants in physical activity.

Shortlisted: St Mary’s RC Primary School

As a school, St Mary’s aims to offer all children the maximum opportunity to achieve the ‘Active 30 minutes’ a day. As well as an excellent PE provision, it promotes a number of additional initiatives including The Daily Mile and Walk 2 School Scheme.

Shortlisted: The Belvedere Preparatory School

The Belvedere Preparatory School believes it is paramount that children have the chance to enjoy a wide range of sporting activities. This year, it offered the opportunity for a year 6 pupil to become the new School Sports Leader who worked closely with the Director of Sport to ensure all the PE and sport within the school, including competitions both internally and externally, ran smoothly.

Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Secondary School

Shortlisted: Cowley International School

Cowley International College has a long and decorated tradition in promoting sport. It is a school that demonstrates an outstanding commitment in providing sporting opportunities for every student which allows them to gain confidence as well as to develop all aspects of physical fitness. By playing sport and being part of a team, it helps students gain important life skills, such as teamwork, self-discipline and respect for others.

Shortlisted: Rainford High

Rainford High prides itself on delivering an outstanding, inclusive and aspirational PE & Sport offer that is intent on providing high-quality teaching and learning, improving the interest, participation and skills of every student in sport and physical activity, whilst achieving outstanding team and individual success within a wide range of local, regional and national competitions.

Shortlisted: Formby High

At Formby High, 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.

Shortlisted: Ridgeway High School

Ridgeway High School’s commitment towards becoming a sporting powerhouse has seen a move to increase the hours of PE on offer at the school, with more staff appointed to cater for the increase in demand. With a new school day, a split-lunch system now offers double the amount of lunch clubs to students.

Leadership Team of the Year

Shortlisted: Wright Robinson College

The senior leadership team at Wright Robinson College is one of the smallest in the country.  Despite its small in number, it leads one of the largest and highest performing schools in the England and Wales.  It comprises of seven highly skilled and experienced school leaders who have a profound understanding of the challenges of the inner cities and who dedicate their professional lives to enabling the students they serve to achieve their career aspirations.

Shortlisted: St Peter’s CE Primary School

At St Peter’s the leadership team are relentless in the drive to innovate and improve, in order to ensure that all pupils succeed, regardless of their socio- economic background.  The team is led by an innovative and inspiring headteacher and leadership is widely distributed and the success of the school lies in the strong team spirit which permeates all of school life, seeking continual improvement.

Shortlisted: Knowsley Lane Primary School

Knowsley Lane Primary School’s senior leadership team has now been established for two years. Knowsley Lane’s whole school focus is set on raising the aspiration of staff and pupils. Senior leaders and the Trust place a great emphasis on succession planning and distributed leadership which was recognised in its February 2019 ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted report.

Teacher of the Year

Shortlisted: Adam Sirett, The Barlow RC High School

Mr Adam Sirett has worked at The Barlow for four years. In that period of time he has constantly demonstrated that he is a passionate, committed and truly inspirational teacher.  His classroom is an environment which challenges and stimulates even the most disengaged students. Through high-quality planning and outstanding pupil-teacher relationships he creates a vibrant and exciting climate for learning.

Shortlisted: Dr Carly Brooke, Liverpool Life Sciences UTC

Dr Carly Brooke has taught at Liverpool Life Sciences UTC for the past five years, during that time she has become a vital part of the science department. Her work has brought Chemistry A-level and BTEC Applied Science along leaps and bounds. Dr Brooke ensures all of her classes work is accessible for every one of her students and as a manager she is an approachable, patient leader who creates a cohesive BTEC team.

Shortlisted: Paul Edwards, Cowley College

A teacher with almost 30 years’ experience, Mr Edwards has been the force behind the introduction of two phenomenally successful programmes at Cowley International College. Mr Edwards’ enthusiasm, passion and drive is infectious and he is regarded very highly and is incredibly popular with students, parents and colleagues. Mr Edwards is the epitome of Cowley’s motto ‘Non sibi sed omnibus’ which roughly translates as ‘Not for oneself, but for all’.

Shortlisted: Stephen Hill, St Joseph’s RC Primary School

Deputy headteacher Mr Stephen Hill has given and continues to dedicate so much of his life and time to the children within St Joseph’s RC Primary School and in the community as a whole. Every child, particularly his year 6 class, is nurtured and supported by Stephen so that they fulfil their potential. He does everything within his power to ensure that the children learn to believe in themselves and everything they do.

School Support Star of the Year

Shortlisted: Elizabeth Clarke, Kings Leadership Academy

Elizabeth Clarke is the Family Engagement Manager at Kings Leadership Academy in Liverpool, but she is not just that she is the parent that some of their pupils do not have. She is described as one of the most nurturing members of staff and the level of care she gives students is immeasurable. She gives a lot of her free time up to ensure that vulnerable students are getting the service they deserve, by providing them with the love and care that they need.

Shortlisted: Katherine Lockley, St Thomas CE Primary School

Kathy Lockley has worked at St Thomas’ CE Primary School for thirty one years, devoting her whole career and life to the children, families and communities she serves. As well as being an amazing teaching assistant, Kathy 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 Kathy’s fundraising, St Thomas’ would not be able to continue to invest in providing new resources and improvements to the school.

Shortlisted: Kim Corrigan, Middlefield Community Primary School

Kim Corrigan has given 17 years of outstanding service to Middlefield Community Primary School. Kim is a transformational figure in the lives of many children. She is extremely passionate about building up the self-esteem and confidence of all children. She works tirelessly to ensure pupils get the very best educational and pastoral provision possible and on top of her usual daily duties, she brings a touch of sparkle into every room she enters, lifting the children and the adults around her.

Shortlisted: Wendy Davenport, The Oldham Academy North

Wendy is employed at The Oldham Academy North in a full-time cleaning role but can be found offering assistance to many others. Wendy has built excellent relationships with colleagues and students alike, and is able to observe if certain students’ behaviour is changing to their norm and will alert this to the appropriate staff as required. She is always smiling and willing to pitch in when and wherever required. The Oldham Academy North believes everyone should have a Wendy!

Most Inspirational 16-18 Education Provider

Shortlisted: Archbishop Blanch School

Archbishop Blanch’s unrivalled pastoral care, outstanding outcomes and outstanding student leadership has helped it become the best for attendance in the city and the second best sixth form for destinations and for vocational results.

Shortlisted: Carmel College

Carmel College was recently rated Outstanding by Ofsted and is now the only sixth form college nationally, that has retained an outstanding grade over the last seven years. Due to the great emphasis that is placed on providing excellent careers advice and guidance, last year 99% of students made a positive progression into further education, training or employment.

Shortlisted: Robbie Fowler Education and Football Academy

FEFA has an unwavering belief in making a difference in the lives of the young people that walk through its doors, backed up by a diverse education and football programme. FEFA   empowers its young people to find and commit to a career and life pathway whilst most importantly, being the best person and player, they can be.

Most Inspirational Secondary School

Shortlisted: The Academy of St Francis of Assisi

The Academy of St Francis Assisi is a catalyst for social change. For cultural and racial acceptance with a clear ambition to ensure every child reaches the limits of their capability, despite previous experiences, to shine in their own way. This year Ofsted praised the academy for creating ‘a culture where students are at the heart of every decision and action’.

Shortlisted: Gateacre School

Staff and students at Gateacre School have celebrated yet another significant and rapid rate of improvement with such impressive leaps in progress that Gateacre is the top performing school in Liverpool and top 10% nationally for A-level and applied general results.

Shortlisted: The Hollins

Located in Accrington, The Hollins’ ground-breaking and inspirational Extended Services programme enables the school to use creativity, altruism, social action, culture, arts and character education as a vehicle for self-exploration, self-discovery and personal development.

Most Inspirational Primary School

Shortlisted: Alexandra Park Primary School

Alexandra Park Primary School’s ‘Aspire Programme’ inspires its pupils to learn more about the world around them and the opportunities open to them so that they can become the scientists, leaders, musicians, sports people and entrepreneurs of the future. Through the Aspire Programme, children have the opportunity to work with businesses on a range of projects such as a £10 challenge, work with local councillors to develop a local park, work with artists and musicians and engage in a range of sporting opportunities.

Shortlisted: Eldon Primary School

Eldon Primary School continues to seek innovative ways to inspire its children and develop their life skills whilst raising their aspirations. Pupils have the opportunity to learn key personal skills, enrich their speaking skills through TV and radio station or they can leave the streets of Lancashire and be transported to jungles, the solar-system and the bottom of the ocean through the school’s 4D immersive room.

Shortlisted: Netherton Moss Primary School

Netherton Moss Primary School looks to provide its children with an on-going and sustainable programme of exciting, engaging and inspiring opportunities. ‘Communication, Community, Resilience, Creativity, Adventure and Health’ are the main drivers and set the direction for all of the school community. The school aims to deliver a rich legacy that helps children gain social, cultural and intellectual capital that will enable them to make their own happy, healthy and successful way in the world.

Shortlisted: Valewood Primary School

Valewood Primary School shares a common vision and to ensure all children find what it is they love and to help them to achieve their goals. The school embraces its responsibility to help each child to become the best citizen they can be. They celebrate each child’s contribution to the school, and to the local and wider community, by ensuring they take part in every opportunity that comes their way.

WOW Recognition Award

Shortlisted: Chorlton High School

Chorlton High School has a long-standing history of supporting local and national charities. After raising an impressive £4000 in just one month for the Refugee Crisis, this inspired the student body to lead and develop the school’s charity work in a coordinated and meaningful way. They could see that their actions had made meaningful difference to the lives of others, but also realised that there were social injustices, and so, the CHS Community Pledge was born and with it a wide range of yearly whole school activities.

Shortlisted: Kirkby High School

Kirkby High School’s Rainbow/Pride club has benefitted and made a remarkable impact on the school community. The aim of the club is for students to express themselves however they want. With a warm, positive environment the team plan, create and teach sessions to the children all about LGBTQ+, their gender and identity and help guide them through the process of finding out who they are. The team won the Rainbow Flag Award earlier this year.

Shortlisted: Liverpool Life Sciences UTC

Liverpool Life Sciences UTC and Dr John Dyer recently launched The Baltic Research Institute (BRI), which claims to be the first student-led research institute in a school anywhere in the world. The BRI gives students a platform to develop their educational skill set whilst showcasing the research carried out during their time at the school. The students have driven the creation of the journal and have been involved in all decisions from the title and format through to individual leadership roles and the peer review and editing process.

Shortlisted: The Hollins

The Hollins’ intergenerational arts project, ‘Let’s Be Creatively Connected Two’ see students working with elderly residents across East Lancashire. This year, the initiative tested the students’ capabilities even further by working with a local care home where residents suffer from advanced level dementia. Care home staff warned students they might ‘get nothing out of the residents’ but within one hour of the Let’s Be volunteers visit, an aura of positivity surrounded the care home.