Educate Award Winners 2015

On Friday 20 November, 500 guests gathered for the Educate Awards ceremony held at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.

The awards is now in its fourth year and celebrate the inspiring work that goes on inside and outside the school gates in the Liverpool City Region and for the first time also included the Lancashire and Cheshire area.

We are pleased to announce that we won two awards on the evening for “its remarkable success of The BIG Little Library.” The BIG Little Library is a pop-up library held in Belle Vale Shopping Centre and is a place where the community can share their love of reading.

The Community Partnership and WOW Recognition awards were presented to Gateacre School for its library project as the judges noted that it was an excellent and detailed submission and a project which has inspired and enthused students and teachers. The project got the whole community talking, and reading.

We were also shortlisted for another 2 awards. The Science Project of the Year and the Innovative and Creative Literacy Award.

Liverpool actor Neil Fitzmaurice hosted the ceremony, and we were treated to special performances by schools shortlisted for the outstanding arts awards.

On the night, 19 awards were handed out. A great variety of projects and skills were represented, from entrepreneurial awareness, dazzling stage performances, creative literacy initiatives to inspiring community partnerships.

Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, said: “Every year the judges and I are blown away by the school’s entries and this year was no exception. It’s fantastic to award so many hard working schools and teachers who create such an engaging learning environment.

“Congratulations to all the winners and shortlisted schools, and thank you to each and every school that submitted an entry this year.”

The winners were chosen by a panel of judges which this year included football icon Robbie Fowler; Radio City breakfast host Leanne Campbell; Olympian and managing director of Raise The Bar, Steve Smith; Councillor Gary Millar, Liverpool’s cabinet member for business, enterprise and investment; Chris Walker, regional managing editor of Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales; Lesley Martin-Wright, chief executive of Knowsley Chamber; Mark Beedles, managing director of Connex Education; Fiona Barnet, director of The Foundry Agency; Andrew Pimbley of Claremont Farm and Wirral’s Farm Feast; and the education team at the respected Everyman and Playhouse Theatres.