Nominations open to find outstanding pupils

Stephanie Hayes, proudly displays her Gazette Education Award.
Stephanie Hayes, proudly displays her Gazette Education Award.
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TEACHERS are today being asked to get their thinking caps on to nominate their most hard-working students in this year’s Gazette Education Awards.

The two Pupil of the Year awards, for Primary school and Secondary school, look for students who have made an outstanding contribution, academic or otherwise, to school life.

The Gazette's Education Awards 2012

The Gazette's Education Awards 2012

The winners will be youngsters who exert a positive influence on other students, are approachable by staff and pupils alike and are happy to get involved in school activities - an all round good citizen.

The Gazette’s Education Awards honoured two outstanding students at last year’s awards ceremony.

Kathryn Watson, 11, a pupil at Rossall School, was nominated for getting involved in a range of activities at school, and encouraging her classmates to do so too.

She said: “I was quite surprised to win. I think teachers should pick their best pupils to nominate this year, then they have to do their best so they can win too.”

The Education Awards – which will be presented at The Imperial Hotel next month – celebrate and recognise the achievements schools and students make every day.

Stephanie Heyes, 17, formerly a pupil at St George’s High School, inspired her peers after she managed to achieve top grades in her GCSEs despite spending time out of school after being diagnosed with leukeamia aged just 14.

She said: “I was really pleased to win. To come back and get good grades and then win an award too was great.”

Stephanie has gone on to study English Literature, English Language and Media Studies at Blackpool Sixth Form and hopes to go on to study Adult Nursing at university, having been inspired by the nurses who cared for her.

Blackpool Sixth Form is sponsoring the Secondary School Pupil of the Year award. The college is the Fylde coast’s leading provider of A levels and BTEC courses. With a choice of more than 50 advanced level options, specialist teaching and fantastic facilities, Blackpool Sixth gives all its students the perfect springboard to university and great careers.

Sandcastle Waterpark is sponsoring the Primary School Pupil of the Year award.

John Child, managing director at Sandcastle Waterpark, said: “I am delighted that Sandcastle Waterpark can get involved in this year’s Education Awards.

“It’s always such a pleasure and honour to support the local community and what better way to do this than rewarding our local school children.”

Click here for more information on how to nominate.