Nominations have been flooding in for our North East School Awards.
Schools, staff and pupils across the region will get to see their hard work rewarded as part of The Journal’s popular annual campaign.
We have teamed up with our sister paper on Teesside, The Evening Gazette, and sponsors Teesside University, The Education Network and Blueline Taxis to put together awards for the hard and often unsung work done in our schools.
From inspirational teachers and dedicated school staff to the hard-working pupils themselves, there are hundreds of people who work to make the North East’s institutions some of the best in the country.
Last year’s winners included The King Edward VI School in Morpeth, who received the Best in the Community Award for its work in helping residents affected by flooding.
The school created its very own online flood application – the first of its kind in the UK – and worked with NASA to design a “flood food kit”.
The Caretaker of the Year Award went to Jeff Wilkinson from Westgate Hill Primary School in Newcastle and the Inspirational Head Teacher Award was awarded to Christine Wain from Pallister Park Primary School in Middlesbrough.
There was also a Special Recognition Award presented to Marwood Church of England VC Infant School in Great Ayton, near Middlesbrough.
This award was to pay tribute to how the staff and students rallied around classmate Ruby Robinson, seven, who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2012.
Kevin Gill, director at The Education Network, said he did not hesitate when he was asked to sponsor this year’s prestigious event, which takes place next month.
He said: “The Education Network takes great pride in the close links it enjoys with local schools and communities across the North East, regularly sponsoring community initiatives and lending support to deserving causes.
“Our region is rife with outstanding and inspiring teachers, we saw this for ourselves when we sponsored this category last year.
“We sometimes forget that our schools and teachers have been given the task to help develop, guide and mould our children into the people that will lead our region and country into the future. These people must be recognised and rewarded as often as we can.”
The competition is open to all schools, their staff and pupils within Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and the Tees Valley.