On Friday 3 July, United Learning celebrated the achievements of its students and staff at its annual Secondary Best in Everyone Awards Evening.
This year’s Secondary Best in Everyone Awards were launched in the Autumn Term of 2014 when staff across all of the Group’s schools were invited to nominate their students for the awards. Nearly 4,500 nominations were received by the judging panel which then had the challenging task of considering all the excellent nominations and choosing the winners. The judging panel comprised:
- Lord Carey, President
- Jon Coles, Group Chief Executive
- Dame Sally Coates, Director of Secondary Academies - South
- David Levin, Managing Director – Independent Schools
Hosted by Surbiton High School, the black tie event saw students from across the Group’s schools pick up awards for outstanding achievements both inside and outside the classroom. Academic achievement was celebrated through a series of subject-based and sport awards and students were recognised for their wider service to their school through the following awards:
- Leadership (Years 7-9): Isabella Marsden, Accrington Academy
- Leadership (Years 10-13): Matthew Bates, Northampton Academy
- Social Action (Years 7-9): Tayyib Jaffar Ali, William Hulme’s Grammar School
- Social Action (Years 10-13): Shaunna Hampton, Stockport Academy
- Team of the Year (Years 7-9): Dunottar School Year 9
- Team of the Year (Years 10-13): Kettering Buccleuch Academy Physics Team
There was also a special Young Hero’s Award which was presented to AKS student Isaac Towers. Isaac was given the award for his impressive commitment to wheelchair racing in which he is ranked 1st in the world at 1500m and 1st at 5km.
The prestigious Pupil of the Year Awards were awarded to:
- Years 7-9: Olivia Nicholls, Accrington Academy
- Years 10-13: Des’Ree Tafirenyika, Kettering Buccleuch Academy
During the awards ceremony, the winner of the United Learning Essay Competition was also announced. Earlier in the year, United Learning had launched a group-wide essay competition in which students were invited to write about the significance of the Magna Carta. The two competition winners were Glenmoor Academy’s Nichola Winton and Surbiton High School’s Rose Grossel.
However, it was not just about the students; there were also four award categories for staff:
- NQT of the Year: Charley Barratt, Glenmoor and Winton Academies
- Inspirational Teacher of the Year: William Tromans, Shoreham Academy
- Support Staff: Anne McCool, Surbiton High School
- Staff Team of the Year: The Student Support Team at Swindon Academy
There was also a Life Time Achievement Award which was presented to Manchester Academy Vice Principal Ian Jackson. Ian has been a member of staff at Manchester Academy and its predecessor school for his entire teaching career. He was an influential and supportive figure during the school’s transition to academy status and played a pivotal role in helping the school receive an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted judgement in 2009.
On accepting the award, Ian said:
“I’ve enjoyed my career immensely. If I’ve managed to help young people along their journey to achieving their goals, then it has all been worthwhile.”
For a full list of winners, click here.
As well as the award presentations, guests at the ceremony were treated to musical performances from students at William Hulme’s Grammar School and Carter Community College. They also heard from two guest speakers; ex-Premier League footballer and BBC presenter, Stewart Castledine and British Olympic skier, Chemmy Alcott delivered inspirational speeches in which they encouraged students to aim high and work hard to achieve their dreams.
Group Chief Executive Jon Coles, who presented the awards, said:
“Across our schools, there are countless examples of young people and members of staff doing remarkable things academically, musically, on sports fields, in the performing arts and in their communities. These awards celebrate our ethos to bring out “the best in everyone” and recognise the exceptional students and staff who embody that ethos. The awards applaud those young people and colleagues who have achieved the most, made the greatest progress and inspired their peers. In celebrating their success, we celebrate all that is best in our schools and in this generation.”
Thank you to our sponsors who made the evening possible:
- Platform Consulting
- Gastro catering