Wirral schools make the Educate Awards 2021 shortlist

Five incredible schools from the Wirral have been shortlisted for this year’s Educate Awards.

  • The Birkenhead Park School has been shortlisted for the Innovative & Creative Literacy Award
  • Heswall Primary School has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Commitment to STEM category
  • Bedford Drive Primary School, Rock Ferry, has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Commitment to Sport & Physical Activity in Primary School category
  • Ridgeway High School, Noctorum, has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Commitment to Sport & Physical Activity in Secondary School category
  • Riverside Primary School, Seacombe, has been shortlisted for Most Inspirational Primary School and teacher, Karen Bentley, has been nominated for Teacher of the Year

The awards showcase the work of schools and colleges which are delivering outstanding education and helping students achieve their full potential. With over 21 categories, the shortlist recognises inspiring teachers, dedicated support staff and strategic leadership teams.

The awards, in partnership with Copyrite Systems  and Ricoh , is the largest education awards in the North West and will take place at the iconic Liverpool Cathedral on Friday 19 November.

This year marks its tenth anniversary and it is set to be extra special after 2020’s ceremony was held virtually due to the pandemic. 

Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, said, “A huge well done to the schools and colleges who have made this year’s shortlist. 

“After a difficult 18 or so months, it is extremely important that we recognise the amazing schools and colleges which have supported students, families, staff and the wider communities during the pandemic. The calibre of entries was absolutely incredible and deciding on the shortlist was a really difficult process. 

“As 2020’s ceremony didn’t take place in its usual format, we are excited to be planning a spectacular event which makes up for last year. We look forward to celebrating with everyone on 19 November!”

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 full 2021 shortlist: 

The Communication Award 

  • Gateacre School, Liverpool
  • Alsop High School, Liverpool
  • The Academy of St Francis of Assisi, Liverpool
  • Maricourt Catholic High School, Sefton

Outstanding Commitment to the Environment  

  • St Vincent’s School, Liverpool
  • Stockport Academy, Stockport

Careers & Enterprise Award  

  • Rainford High, St Helens
  • Archbishop Blanch Church of England High School, Liverpool
  • Maricourt Catholic High School, Sefton
  • The Barlow RC High School, Manchester
  • Myerscough College, Preston

SEND Provision Award

  • Cardinal Langley RC High School, Rochdale
  • Rainford High, St Helens
  • Formby High School, Sefton

Innovative and Creative Literacy Award  

  • Parish Church of England Primary School, St Helens
  • The Birkenhead Park School, Wirral
  • Eldon Primary School, Preston

Outstanding Commitment to STEM  

  • Winstanley College, Wigan
  • Sandbach High School, Cheshire
  • Eldon Primary School, Preston
  • Heswall Primary School, Wirral

Outstanding Arts in Primary School

  • AKS Lytham Preparatory School, Lytham St Annes
  • St Peter’s C. E. Primary School, Bolton
  • The Belvedere Preparatory School, Liverpool
  • Netherton Moss Primary School, Sefton

Outstanding Arts in Secondary School 

  • Formby High School, Sefton
  • The Belvedere Academy, Liverpool
  • The Hollins, Accrington
  • AKS Lytham Senior School, Lytham St Annes

Community Partnership Award 

  • Maricourt Catholic High School, Sefton
  • Wargrave House School & College, Newton-le-Willows
  • The Hollins, Accrington
  • St Bede’s Catholic High School, West Lancs

Mental Health & Wellbeing Award 

  • Rainford High, St Helens
  • Wright Robinson College, Manchester
  • Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Liverpool
  • St Bede’s Catholic High School, West Lancs

Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Primary School 

  • The Belvedere Preparatory School, Liverpool
  • Bedford Drive Primary School, Wirral
  • St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School, Sefton

Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Secondary School  

  • St James’ Catholic High School, Stockport
  • Wade Deacon High School, Widnes
  • Hope Academy, Newton-le-Willows
  • Ridgeway High School, Wirral

Leadership Team of the Year 

  • St James’ Catholic High School, Stockport
  • Stockport Academy, Stockport
  • [email protected], Leyland

School Governor of the Year 

  • The Barlow RC High School, Manchester – Cathy Redford
  • Netherton Moss Primary School, Sefton – Hilary Lyall
  • Posthumous Governor of the Year special recognition award for the late Marilyn Fielding – Alsop High School, Liverpool

Teacher of the Year  

  • Stockport Academy, Stockport – Kerris Stirling
  • Riverside Primary School, Wirral – Karen Bentley
  • St Bede’s Catholic High School, West Lancs – Jen McGee

School Support Star of the Year   

  • Wargrave House School & College, Newton-le-Willows – Tara Thomas
  • Plantation Primary School, Knowsley – Damon Murphy
  • Stockport Academy, Stockport – Don Farquar
  • St Julie’s High School, Liverpool – Mike Anderson

Most Inspirational Alternative Provision by a School 

  • Our Lady and St Swithin’s Catholic Primary School, Liverpool
  • Manchester Academy, Manchester
  • Three Towers APA, Wigan
  • Progress Schools – Gorton, Manchester

Most Inspirational 16-18 Education Provider  

  • Wargrave House School & College, Newton-le-Willows
  • Myerscough College, Preston
  • Fast Track to Apprenticeships Programme – St Helens Chamber, St Helens

Most Inspirational Secondary School  

  • Archbishop Blanch Church of England High School, Liverpool
  • Rainford High, St Helens
  • Stanley High School, Southport
  • Formby High School, Sefton

Most Inspirational Primary School   

  • Christ the King Catholic Primary School, Liverpool
  • Riverside Primary School, Wirral
  • Eldon Primary School, Preston

WOW Recognition Award   

  • St Michael’s Catholic Primary School, Cheshire
  • The Hollins, Accrington
  • The Academy of St Francis of Assisi, Liverpool
  • Eldon Primary School, Preston
  • Bickerstaffe C. E. Primary School, West Lancs
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