An outstanding school from Newton-le-Willows was among the big winners at the Educate Awards, which took place virtually last night (Friday, 29 January).
Wargrave House School and College was the winner of the ‘Most Inspirational 16-18 Education Provider’ Award, and runner up in a second category.
The Most Inspitational Award was won thanks to the work of LEAP and Lakeside College – part of Wargrave House’s provision which specialises in education and preparation for adulthood for young adults with autism and associated difficulties.
Therapy is an integral part of the post-16 provision and through multi-agency working, ensures that students’ individual needs are met and considered holistically. Two particular initiatives that reflect this practice are the tutorial system and a social inclusion group.
Tutorials offer an opportunity for students to reflect on their college experience – what is working well for them, any issues or difficulties arising and as a forum to support future planning. A weekly social inclusion session offers a unique social inclusion experience for students and provide social opportunities in a supported environment at a local sixth form college.
The school also came runner up in the Community Partnership Award.
Well done Wargrave House!
About the Educate Awards
The ceremony, in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, took place virtually and was streamed on YouTube, due to the current coronavirus restrictions in place. The Educate Awards would have normally been held at the Liverpool Cathedral in November 2020.
Presented by broadcaster Simon ‘Rossie’ Ross, the live ceremony connected with judges and sponsors, via Zoom, who revealed the winning schools. The event then crossed live to the individuals from the winning schools to find out their reaction in real time.
Each of the 21 awards 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 latest category to be introduced, the School Governor of the Year Award.
Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, said: “A huge congratulations to Wargrave House School and College for winning this highly coveted award! I would also like to say a big well done to the runners-up, those who were shortlisted and everyone who took the time to enter last year. You should all be very proud of yourselves!
Kim added: “2021 is the tenth year of the Educate Awards and we are very excited to start planning an extra special event!”
Associate sponsors of the Educate awards include: All About STEM, Angel Solutions, CareersInc, CER, CPMM Media Group, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Diocesan Schools Trust, LSSP, Satis Education, SupplyWell and Winstanley College.
Watch the Educate Awards online