Two schools from Newton-le-Willows were honoured at the Educate Awards on Friday, 19 November 2021.
Hope Academy won the Outstanding Commitment to Sport & Physical Activity in Secondary School title, whilst Wargrave House School & College took home the Community Partnership Award.
It’s fantastic news and a wonderful achievement for these two schools – who beat off competition from right across the region. Both were recognised for their extraordinary commitment to their pupils during the various lockdowns of the past year, and the challenges of remote learning.
Here’s why they won:
Hope Academy kept pupils active – even during lockdown
Home learning during lockdown was innovative and challenging for Hope Academy students, which kept physical activity at a really high level. Back in school, the curriculum continues to deliver a broad and balanced diet of sports and opportunities for its young people, and this uses a hybrid KS3 model to also ensure gender equality.
Strong community partnerships were key for Wargrave House
Wargrave House School & College reacted incredibly positively to the pandemic by utilising inevitable changes to teaching and learning protocols as a catalyst to capitalise on the school’s strong community partnerships.
The post-16 provision developed an exciting new partnership with the National Citizenship Service. The “No We Can” attitude dovetails perfectly with the post-16’s positive approach to breaking down barriers to community partnership working. Through positive team working opportunities, the school initiated social inclusion improvement activities.
Wargrave House School & College also came runner up in the Most Inspirational 16-18 Education Provider category and teaching assistant, Tara Thomas was named runner up in the School Support Star of the Year category.
It’s the second year in a row that Wargrave House has brought home an award. Last year the school picked up the Most Inspirational 16-18 Education Provider Award, and was runner up in the Community Partnership category.
About the Educate Awards
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.
An achievement to be proud of
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.”
Thanks to the Educate Award sponsors
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.