The remarkable and inspiring achievements of United Learning’s primary pupils and staff were celebrated at a special awards ceremony at the House of Lords last Friday. The Primary Best in Everyone Awards recognise the most talented, ambitious and dedicated pupils and staff from across the Group’s 35 primary schools.
Earlier in the year, United Learning invited its primary schools to nominate pupils and staff for a number of awards. Over 65 nominations were received from across the Group which were then reviewed by a judging panel comprising:
- Jon Coles – Chief Executive;
- Richard Greenhalgh – Chair of the Group Board;
- Darran Ellison-Lee – Director of Primary Education;
- Richard Yeates – Regional Director, Independent Schools.
The winners and their families were all invited to London to receive their awards at a special ceremony in the House of Lords.
Before the ceremony, the winners and their guests were treated to an open-top bus tour of London to take in the sights. They also went on a tour of the Houses of Parliament and had afternoon tea in the Cholmondeley Rooms, overlooking the Thames.
Winner of the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, Zuleikha Ismail-Rix, said:
“I am really excited about winning this award and I would like to thank my brilliant teachers for nominating me and my friends for being so happy for me. They rushed over to give me a massive group hug when we found out. I feel so lucky to go to Ashford Prep School.”
The other winner of the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, Sophie Banks, said:
“I would have been happy simply knowing I’d been put forward for this award, but to find out I’d actually won it was a huge surprise! Knowing that United Learning has lots of schools and pupils to choose from makes me feel very proud.”
Winner of the Head Teacher of the Year Award, Claire Macfie, Head of Wilberforce Primary, said:
“I am incredibly humbled to receive this award. Driving Wilberforce Primary forward has been a real team effort; every single member of staff has played a crucial role in raising standards and it has been a pleasure to be a part of the Wilberforce community.
“As a school, we have come a long way in the last two years but we know there is much more we can achieve. With the support of our fantastic parents and local community, we are all focused on raising standards further and giving our wonderful pupils the excellent education they all deserve.”
Congratulating the winners, Jon Coles, Chief Executive of United Learning said:
“Across our Group there are countless examples of pupils and members of staff doing exceptional things inside and outside of the classroom. These awards celebrate our ethos of ambition, confidence, creativity, determination, enthusiasm and respect and those who most embody these qualities. Of the worthy nominees selected by their schools, today we celebrate those who have made the greatest progress and inspired others.”
Darran Ellison-Lee, Director of Primary Education, said:
“United Learning schools across the country share a common aim to provide a rich and meaningful education for all our pupils and to bring out ‘the best in everyone’. It is important to celebrate excellence within every year group, especially in the primary years. Here children take their first steps towards achieving their full potential and where teachers begin to instil a love of learning for every child. Congratulations to all our winners.”