On Friday 24th June, pupils and staff from United Learning schools up and down the country joined together at The Queens Hotel in Leeds for this year’s Best in Everyone Awards ceremony.
Following two years of virtual Best in Everyone presentations, pupils and staff were once again able to share their achievements in person at this year’s live ceremony. Bespoke videos announcing the winners were also posted on United Learning’s Twitter account, giving over 10,000 peers, colleagues and families at home the opportunity to join in the celebrations.
Over 600 nominations were submitted to the 2022 awards by primary and secondary academies and independent schools from across the Group. From these nominations, the judging panel which consisted of the Group’s Regional Directors and Sir Jon Coles, Chief Executive of United Learning, selected one winner in each of the 53 award categories.
Sir Jon Coles, Chief Executive of United Learning, said:
“Congratulations to all our highly-deserving Best in Everyone winners for their exceptional efforts, as well as those shortlisted and nominated for an award. After two years of celebrating our Best in Everyone award winners virtually, we were pleased to be able to welcome pupils and staff from across the Group to this year’s in-person event. The ceremony had a wonderful atmosphere, a lot of excitement, and we had some excellent performances throughout the evening. It was a great opportunity to celebrate what makes United Learning special and the best in everyone.”
To honour their impressive achievements, each winner received tickets for themselves and several guests to attend the awards ceremony and black-tie dinner. Winners were presented with an engraved glass award by Sir Jon and Group Chair Richard Greenhalgh. All those shortlisted for an award received a framed certificate.
Anastasia Maunder-Taylor, a Sixth Former at Avonbourne Girls’ Academy who won the Leadership and Service Award in her age range, said:
“This came as an unexpected yet gratifying surprise. I feel honoured to have been nominated for this award and am extremely grateful for my school and teachers for all the wonderful opportunities and encouraging support they have given me throughout my time at Avonbourne.”
Amy Patterson, Assistant Principal at Northampton Academy and winner of Secondary School Leader of the Year, said:
“I never dreamt I would be nominated, let alone win. I am a small part of the school and the Leadership Team, and I want to thank my colleagues for the determination and ambition they display daily, creating a culture and ethos that delivers the best for our students. I am immensely proud to be a part of Northampton Academy.”
Elaine Girvan, Nursery Nurse at Abbey Hey Primary Academy and winner of the prestigious Primary Lifetime Achievement Award, said:
“I am honoured and delighted to receive this award; it really does mean so much to me. I loved every day that l spent at Abbey Hey, working with some wonderful colleagues and amazing children over the years. To get an award after so many happy times is such a bonus at the end of my career. Thank you so much.”
During the ceremony, special musical performances were also given by William Hulme’s Grammar School student and winner of the Music Performance Award Eden-Haya Walters, as well as Team Create’s Samba band, made up of students from Coleridge Community College and Parkside Community College.
Thank you to Arbor, Associated Architects, Barker Associates, Bowmer & Kirkland, Caterlink, Chartwells, and IDNS who kindly sponsored our 2022 awards.