On Friday 8th July, students and staff from our secondary schools across the country gathered at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds for the annual United Learning Best in Everyone Awards.
In total, 53 awards were presented in the ceremony which was co-hosted by women’s rugby legend Maggie Alphonsi MBE and European Featherweight Boxing Champion Josh Warrington, who is a former student of our John Smeaton Academy.
Over 400 nominations were received for the awards and the judges were highly complimentary about the standard of entries in every category. The awards, which recognised the achievements of students and staff alike, ranged from subject-specific excellence to success in sport, leadership, resilience and social action.
The full list of winners is available here.
During the event, there were also two special performances from students: Maisy Fry, the Musical Performance Award (Years 7-9) winner from Nova Hreod Academy, performed Sam Smith’s ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ and Sophie Brownbill from Midhurst Rother College, who won the same award for Years 10-13, performed Chopin’s ‘Nocturne 20’.
Jon Coles, Chief Executive of United Learning, said:
“These awards celebrate the ingenuity, talent, resilience and excellence shown by the winners from across our secondary schools. We had numerous applications for each award and deciding which ones deserved to win was never easy given the quality of each nomination. The winners can be proud that their achievements have been recognised and assessed against very strong competition from across the country.
“Every good school has pupils who excel and whose individual achievements stand out and deserve to be recognised. The truly great schools, however, are those where every pupil is inspired to succeed and where they are supported by staff whose dedication and enthusiasm ensures everyone has the opportunity and self-confidence to make the very most of their own ability. Therefore it is very important to us that these awards recognise and celebrate the vital role that staff play in creating the appropriate culture and environment through which pupils can succeed.
“This year we are holding the awards ceremony in Leeds and, across Yorkshire and the North West we are fortunate to have excellent academies and independent schools whose students and staff are very well represented in our celebrations this evening. We are a truly national group and our winners this evening represent every area of the country and every type of achievement.”