Last Friday United Learning celebrated the fantastic achievements of its students and staff at its Secondary Best in Everyone Awards. The annual awards recognise the exceptional achievements of United Learning students both inside and outside the classroom. At a special ceremony at Oxford Town Hall, over 50 awards were presented to some of the Group’s most inspirational, talented and committed students.
Earlier in the year, over 400 nominations had been received for awards such as Sportsman/woman of the Year, Young Hero, Pupil of the Year and Leadership and Service as well as a host of academic subject awards. As well as celebrating student achievements, the awards were also an opportunity to mark the incredible contribution made by staff across the Group. There were therefore a number of staff awards including Teacher of the Year, Support Staff of the Year and Lifetime Achievement.
All the nominations were reviewed by a judging panel comprising:
- Jon Coles – Chief Executive;
- Christine Raeside – Director of Secondary Academies – South;
- Derek Davies – Director of Secondary Academies – North;
- Dr Ian Young – Head of Independent Schools.
The winners and their families were all invited to Oxford to receive their awards at a special ceremony hosted by Carl Konadu and Azzees Minott, founders of 2-3 degrees which runs inspirational and motivational workshops for young people. They were treated to fantastic performances by the Glenmoor and Winton Choir and the Stockport Academy Choir which was named Team of the Year.
Sheffield Park Academy student Riksa Amin, who won the Pupil of the Year Award in the Year 10-13 category, said:
“I am really proud that I have won this amazing award. I didn't even know that this award existed and being nominated is just wonderful.”
School Governor of the Year winner, Cary Wicks Chair of Carter Community School’s Governing Body said:
“Carter is an amazing school and has undergone an incredible transformation in the last four years. The Local Governing Body, as a whole, has contributed to this, but all the staff and the Senior Leadership Team have made the change happen. I am grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to play a part, and I am humbled to receive this award.”
Stuart Ingram, Principal of Glenmoor and Winton Academies, which won the most awards, said:
“We are absolutely thrilled to have picked up so many awards this year. Each winner thoroughly deserves their award and we are incredibly proud of them all. Amongst our winners are inspiring, talented and hard-working individuals who are a real credit to themselves and our school.”
Congratulating the winners, Jon Coles, Chief Executive of United Learning 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’. Across our group, there are countless examples of young people and members of staff doing exceptional things academically, musically, on sports fields, in the performing arts and in their communities. These awards celebrate our ethos of ambition, confidence, creativity, determination, enthusiasm, respect and those who most embody these qualities. Of the hundreds of worthy nominees selected by their schools, these awards celebrate those young people and colleagues who have achieved the most, made the greatest progress and inspired others.”