Inspirational Wirral school recognised at the Educate Awards

A Wirral school was honoured at the Educate Awards on Friday 19 November.

Riverside Primary School, Seacombe, won the Most Inspirational Primary School category, fighting off stiff competition from other primary schools in the North West.

Located in the lowest 3% of deprivation in the country, staff at the school didn’t let the pandemic stop them and set out with a dogged determination to inspire with a bit of ‘Riverside magic’.

Over Christmas, Riverside celebrated the 12 Days of Christmas with an inspirational, intergenerational project between the children and residents at a local care home. Having won three Educate Awards in the past for its outstanding arts provision, the school understand the power of the arts and how it can bring joy and happiness.

Children performed outside resident’s windows, told Eric and Ernie jokes, painted pictures for the home and produced a wonderful Christmas WWII vignette. The joy of the care home residents was echoed by a family member who said “It was a lovely surprise” to see her Nan “full of joy” thanks to the “beautiful children” of Riverside.

As well as caring for those outside of the school, the pastoral team also ensured the wellbeing of those inside. Staying connected to all within the school community was a linchpin to the success of navigating the pandemic.

With a robust referral system in place, Riverside was able to identify and help families in crisis and support them with budgeting, mental health, parental conflict and drug and alcohol abuse issues. Most importantly, families knew they always had someone to talk to in school.

The Educate Awards, in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, took place at the Liverpool Cathedral.

This year was particularly special as the event celebrated its 10 year anniversary and over 550 guests brought glitz and glamour to proceedings as they donned tuxedos and glamorous dresses.

The night included live entertainment, a sumptuous three course dinner and the awards ceremony itself. Broadcaster Simon ‘Rossie’ Ross hosted the evening and even made one lucky guest’s night after they won a pair of diamond earrings in a prize draw. 

The Educate Awards has 21 categories which 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 School Governor of the Year Award.

Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, said, “Congratulations to all the winning schools and colleges, you should be very proud of what you have achieved.

“A huge well done to the runners-up, those who were shortlisted and everyone who took the time to enter this year. The past two years have not been easy and your efforts have not gone unnoticed.

Kim added: “Over the past 10 years, the Educate Awards has proudly shone a spotlight on the individuals and teams who have gone above and beyond. Senior leadership teams, teachers and staff have really gone the extra mile for their pupils, colleagues and wider community, and we can’t thank you enough for all the hard work and dedication.”

Associate sponsors of the Educate Awards 2021 include: All About STEM, Angel Solutions, CER, CPMM Media Group, Hidden Strength, LCR Careers Hub, Liverpool John Moores University, LSSP, Progress Careers, SupplyWell and Winstanley College. 

The runners up and winners of the Educate Awards

1.    The Communication Award

Runner Up: Gateacre School

Winner: Maricourt Catholic High School

2.    Outstanding Commitment to the Environment           

Runner Up: Stockport Academy

Winner: St Vincent’s School

3.    Careers & Enterprise Award     

Runner Up: Archbishop Blanch Church of England High School

Winner: Rainford High

4.    SEND Provision Award  

Runner Up: Cardinal Langley RC High School

Winner: Rainford High

5.    Innovative & Creative Literacy Award

Runner Up: The Birkenhead Park School

Winner: Parish Church of England Primary School

6.    Outstanding Commitment to STEM     

Runner Up: Eldon Primary School

Winner: Sandbach High School

7.    Outstanding Arts in Primary School    

Runner Up: St Peter’s CE Primary School

Winner: Netherton Moss Primary School

8.    Outstanding Arts in Secondary School           

Runner Up: Formby High School

Winner: The Hollins

9.    Community Partnership Award

Runner Up: The Hollins

Winner: Wargrave House School & College

10.  Mental Health & Wellbeing Award        

Runner Up: Rainford High

Winner: St Bede’s Catholic High School

11.  Outstanding Commitment to Sport & Physical Activity in Primary School

Runner Up: St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School

Winner: The Belvedere Preparatory School

12.  Outstanding Commitment to Sport & Physical Activity in Secondary School       

Runner Up: Ridgeway High School

Winner: Hope Academy

13.  Leadership Team of the Year    

Runner Up: Academy @ Worden

Winner: St James’ Catholic High School

14.  School Governor of the Year

Runner Up: Cathy Redford from The Barlow RC High School

Winner: Hilary Lyall from Netherton Moss Primary School

15.  Teacher of the Year

Runner Up: Jen Longson from St Bede’s Catholic High School

Winner: Kerris Stirling from Stockport Academy

16.  School Support Star of the Year

Runner Up: Tara Thomas from Wargrave House School & College

Winner: Damon Murphy from Plantation Primary school

17.  Most Inspirational Alternative Provision by a School

Runner Up: Manchester Academy

Winner: Three Towers APA

18.  Most Inspirational 16-18 Education Provider  

Runner Up: Wargrave House School & College

Winner: Myerscough College

19.  Most Inspirational Secondary School  

Runner Up: Rainford High

Winner: Archbishop Blanch Church of England High School

20.  Most Inspirational Primary School       

Runner Up: Christ the King Catholic Primary School

Winner: Riverside Primary School, Wallasey

21.  WOW Recognition Award          

Runner Up: The Hollins

Winner: The Academy of St Francis of Assisi

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