Chance for others to shine at awards

Secondary School Pupil of the Year Joe Watson (Rossall Senior School) receives his award from Helen Thornley (Blackpool Sixth Deputy Head of Admissions, Liaison and Marketing).

Secondary School Pupil of the Year Joe Watson (Rossall Senior School) receives his award from Helen Thornley (Blackpool Sixth Deputy Head of Admissions, Liaison and Marketing).

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Lucky for the rest of the Fylde coast, the Watson family only has two children – so there’s room for others to win pupil of the year awards at the 2013 Education Awards.

For siblings Joe and Kathryn Watson did their parents proud when they won secondary and primary school pupil of the year awards in the competitions held in 2012 and 2011 respectively.

The category has been thrown open once again for this year’s awards and judges look forward to seeing lots of inspiring nominations.

The Gazette’s Education Awards celebrate primary and secondary education across the Fylde coast, from individual achievements to whole school efforts and those quietly working behind the scenes to make an impact on the lives of countless young people.

The secondary school pupil of the year award recognises a pupil who has made an outstanding contribution, academic or otherwise, to their school or community - someone who is an all round good citizen.

Last year’s winner Joe, 17, said: “It was a real surprise to even be nominated, but a nice surprise to win.

“Kathryn won the year before but fortunately we’ve exhausted our family now!”

The Rossall School student has since carried on his charitable endeavours, as well as maintaining his high grades and pursuing his interest as an organist, playing in prestigious venues across Europe.

To nominate someone in this category outline why the nominee is worthy, how they have had a positive influence on others, is approachable by staff and students alike and is happy to get involved with school activities.

To enter this category, along with the more than dozen others, send your nominations to: competitions@blackpoolgazette.co.uk.

Entries must be sent in by October 30. Winners will be announced at a glitzy awards ceremony in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom on November 19.

How to make a nomination

Simply email your nomination to competitions@blackpoolgazette.co.uk before Friday, October 25.

Your nomination should consist of your name and contact details, plus the name of the school/person you are nominating, which award you are nominating them for and a brief explanation why they have been suggested and include their contact address and telephone number.

Shortlisted nominees will be invited to attend a glittering awards presentation evening at Blackpool Tower Ballroom on Tuesday November 19.

The Gazette Education Awards are jointly sponsored by BAE Systems and Blackpool and The Fylde College.

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