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Hope Academy scoops regional award

by Gemma Melling

Congratulations to Hope Academy, who were named winners at the Educate Awards on Friday, 17 November 2023.

The Newton-le-Willows High School won the Careers & Enterprise Award at the glittering ceremony, which took place at Liverpool Cathedral, and recognise the very best schools and staff across the region.

The Careers & Enterprise Award, sponsored by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Careers Hub, recognises schools, academies and colleges that are preparing young people the best they can for their future careers.

Judges look for excellent examples of career-related learning about the range of pathways and opportunities available students, as well as the focus on developing a spirit for enterprise amongst students, whether this be through partnerships, work experience opportunities or other methods.

At Hope Academy, there are a range of careers and enterprise programmes embedded in day-to-day life, which amazed the judges. Career-related learning is emphasised throughout the school, and Hope’s compelling award entry highlighted strong links to the Gatsby benchmarks, demonstrating student engagement as well as great content from the academy. Visits from guest speakers, workshops during the school year, collaborative work with local and national employers also allow students at Hope to embrace and think deeply about their future careers.

Alongside the awards ceremony was a delicious three-course gala dinner and glittering entertainment from the region’s schools. Providing a soundtrack to the reception was Gateacre School student, Aiden Ellis. A dance and poetry performance from The Hollins in Accrington wowed guests, and a set from up-and-coming indie band, The Height, from Manchester, concluded the night’s performances.

Now in its twelfth year, the Educate Awards showcases the hard work and creativity in the education sector, from STEM and performing arts to sports and literacy.

Educate Awards 2023

The awards also recognise the individuals who bring schools and colleges to life, from inspiring teachers and dedicated support staff to strategic leadership teams.

In partnership with ASL and Ricoh, the Educate Awards took place at the Liverpool Cathedral and was hosted by broadcaster Simon ‘Rossie’ Ross.

Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, said: “Congratulations to Hope Academy and Cowley International College for winning at the Educate Awards! A huge thank you to Rainford High for opening the ceremony this year.

“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 2024, and we encourage all types of schools and colleges to submit as many entries as they like, for free.”

The Educate Awards 2023 winners and runners-up:

  1. The Communication Award
  • Winner: Manchester Academy, Manchester
  • Runner up: Maricourt Catholic High School, Sefton
  1. Outstanding Commitment to the Environment
  • Winner: Heswall Primary School, Wirral
  • Runner up: Wright Robinson College, Manchester
  1. Careers & Enterprise Award
  • Winner: Hope Academy, St Helens
  • Runner up: Ridgeway High School, Wirral
  1. SEND Provision Award
  • Winner: Abbot’s Lea School, Liverpool
  • Joint runner up: Green Fold School, Bolton and Maple Grove School, Cheshire
  1. Innovative & Creative Literacy Award
  • Winner: Hillside High School, Sefton
  • Runner up: Gateacre School, Liverpool
  1. Outstanding Commitment to STEM
  • Winner: Neston High School, Cheshire
  • Runner up: Great Crosby Catholic Primary School, Sefton
  1. Outstanding Arts in a Primary School
  • Winner: Kew Woods Primary School, Sefton
  • Runner up: Netherton Moss Primary School, Sefton
  1. Outstanding Arts in a Secondary School
  • Winner: The Hollins, Lancashire
  • Runner up: Rainford High, St Helens
  1. Community Partnership Award
  • Winner: St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School, Knowsley
  • Runner up: Maricourt Catholic High School, Sefton
  1. Mental Health & Wellbeing Award
  • Winner: Abbot’s Lea School, Liverpool
  • Runner up: St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School, Sefton
  1. Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Primary School
  • Winner: St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Wallasey, Wirral
  • Runner up: St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School, Sefton
  1. Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Secondary School
  • Winner: Cowley International College, St Helens
  • Runner up: St Peter’s Catholic High School, Wigan
  1. Leadership Team of the Year
  • Winner: Green Fold School, Bolton
  • Runner up: Cardinal Langley RC High School, Rochdale
  1. Teacher of the Year
  • Winner: Stephen Hill, St Joseph’s Primary School, Oldham
  • Runner up: Catherine Chapman, Gateacre School, Liverpool
  1. School Support Star of the Year
  • Winner: Philip McGowan, Holy Rosary Catholic Primary School, Sefton
  • Runner up: Jeanette Horrocks, Green Fold School, Bolton
  1. Most Inspirational Alternative Provision
  • Winner: Employability Solutions Ltd, Liverpool
  • Runner up: Sandbach School, Cheshire
  1. Most Inspirational Sixth Form & College
  • Winner: Birkenhead Sixth Form College, Wirral
  • Runner up: St John Bosco Arts College, Liverpool
  1. Most Inspirational Secondary School
  • Winner: Gateacre School, Liverpool
  • Runner up: Rainford High, St Helens
  1. Most Inspirational Primary School
  • Winner: Whitefield Primary School, Liverpool
  • Runner up: St Peter’s CE Primary School, Bolton
  1. WOW Recognition Award
  • Winner: Beech Hall School, Cheshire
  • Runner up: Wade Deacon High School, Cheshire


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