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A Wirral school was crowned a winner at the Educate Awards on Friday 18 November.
Wirral Grammar School for Boys proudly took home the Careers & Enterprise Award.
The award, sponsored by Progress Careers, recognises schools, academies and colleges that are preparing young people the best they can for their future careers.
Judges were impressed by Wirral Grammar School for Boys’ commitment to preparing its students for the future, which includes an aspirational programme that is implemented through all years and teaches ‘Careers’ as a stand-alone topic.
The school also holds interactive events during the year and has utilised close partnerships and challenges like the ‘Fuel10K Challenge’ to encourage students to be engaged with enterprise.
Now in its eleventh year, the Educate Awards showcases the hard work and creativity that takes place in the education sector, from STEM and performing arts to sport and literacy.
The awards also recognise the individuals who bring schools and colleges to life, from inspiring teachers and dedicated support staff to efficient business managers and strategic leadership teams.
In partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, the Educate Awards took place at the Liverpool Cathedral and welcomed over 600 guests. The evening was hosted by broadcaster, Simon ‘Rossie’ Ross.
Alongside the awards ceremony was a delicious three course gala dinner and glittering entertainment from schools around the region, including a Legally Blonde The Musical medley by St Mary’s Catholic College in Wallasey.
Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, said, “Congratulations to Wirral Grammar School for Boys who won at this year’s Educate Awards, and a huge thank you to St Mary’s Catholic College for such an incredible performance of Legally Blonde The Musical on the night!
“A big well done to the runners up and finalists too. Results this year were incredibly close, and judges had a difficult time deciding not only the shortlist but also overall the winners.
Kim added: “The Educate Awards team is proud to champion the innovation, diversity and dedication that is taking place in educational establishments around the region. Entries will open again in February 2023 and we encourage all types of schools and colleges to submit as many entries as they like, for free.”
The Educate Awards 2022 winners and runners up:
1. The Communication Award
Winner: Litherland High School, Sefton
Runner up: Maricourt Catholic High School, Sefton
2. Outstanding Commitment to the Environment
Winner: Neston High School, Cheshire
Runner up: Netherton Moss Primary School, Sefton
3. Careers & Enterprise Award
Winner: Wirral Grammar School for Boys
Runner up: Ridgeway High School, Wirral
4. SEND Provision Award
Winner: Notre Dame Catholic College, Liverpool
Runner up: Rainford High, St Helens
5. Innovative & Creative Literacy Award
Winner: Eldon Primary School, Preston
Runner up: Cowley International College, St Helens
6. Outstanding Commitment to STEM
Winner: Maghull High School, Sefton
Runner up: Great Crosby Catholic Primary School, Sefton
7. Outstanding Arts in School
Winner: The Hollins, Accrington
Runner up: Stockport Academy, Greater Manchester
8. Community Partnership Award
Winner: Archbishop Blanch School, Liverpool
Runner up: Chorlton High School, Manchester
9. Mental Health & Wellbeing Award
Winner: St Michael’s Catholic Primary School, Widnes
Runner up: Wright Robinson College, Manchester
10. Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Primary School
Winner: St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School, Sefton
Runner up: St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Wallasey, Wirral
11. Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Secondary School
Winner: Wright Robinson College, Manchester
12. Leadership Team of the Year
Winner: St Wilfrid’s Church of England Primary Academy, Wigan
13. Business Manager of the Year
Winner: Sue McMullen, St Michael’s Catholic Primary School, Widnes
Runner up: Stuart Davidson, Myerscough College, Preston
14. Teacher of the Year
Winner: Kira Redmond, St Peter’s CE Primary School, Bolton
Runner up: Stephanie Wardale, Hillside High School, Sefton
15. School Support Star of the Year
Winner: Mike Smith, Cardinal Langley RC High School, Rochdale
Runner up: Mark Costello, Launchpad Centre KS4, St Helens
16. Most Inspirational Alternative Provision
Winner: Endeavour-Darwen Vale High School, Blackburn
Runner up: Holy Family Catholic Multi Academy Trust, Wirral
17. Most Inspirational 16-18 Education Provider
Winner: Wargrave House School and College, Newton-le-Willows
Runner up: Everton Football College, Liverpool
18. Most Inspirational Secondary School
Winner: Rainford High, St Helens
Runner up: The Hollins, Accrington
19. Most Inspirational Primary School
Winner: Parish CE Primary School, St Helens
Runner up: St Peter’s CE Primary School, Bolton
20. WOW Recognition Award
Winner: The Academy of St Nicholas, Liverpool
Runner up: Beech Hall School, Cheshire
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