The cream of education in Derbyshire is to be celebrated at our Best in School Awards.
This year’s event – which will take place at the Proact Stadium on Thursday, July 10 – will boast 13 awards to recognise the great work that goes on in Derbyshire’s schools.
Whether it’s a lunchtime assistant who always goes the extra mile, a headteacher who has helped a school to improve or a devoted teacher who gives it their all, we want to hear from you. We’re also looking to recognise exceptional pupils, sports stars and teams as well as the best breakfast or after-school club.
Derbyshire Times editor Graeme Huston said: “These awards recognise those who go that extra mile in providing the very best education possible for our youngsters.”
The categories are...
• Most improved student - sponsored by Chesterfield College
Do you know some who has perhaps not always found academics easy but strives to succeed and has improved their grades throughout the school year? Are they on course for excellent results in the future?
• Best lunchtime assistant of the year
The judges are looking for that special member of staff who regularly serves up a slice of sunshine in their role, whether providing tasty, nutritious meals in the canteen or helping outside in the playground, ensuring students are happy and sage during their lunch-breaks.
• Most environmental school of the year
The judges are looking for the school that proves they are making a difference to the environment within their local school and community.
• Best caretaker of the year
In this category it is, of course, essential that nominees maintained their school buildings to the highest of standards but the judges are also looking for staff who aren’t afraid to go the extra mile and who always have a spare minute to help students or colleagues in need, however unusual their requests.
• Best secretary/admin assistant
Judges will be looking at the importance of the people who are the first point of contact in schools: the organisation, the communication and all the small things that help make the school run that sometimes go unnoticed.
• Best sports team of the year - sponsored by Frankie & Benny’s
This award is aimed at recognising the districts budding athletes, who not only set out to achieve great things on the pitch or field but also display true sporting grit, team effort and sportsmanship.
• Best individual sports player of the year
This award is aimed at individuals, who display true sporting grit and sportsmanship in addition to achieving great things on the pitch or field and have the ambition and drive to be the best.
• Best volunteer of the year
For the star that shines the brightest among the army of kind-hearted people regularly giving up their time to help out in the town’s schools. The judges are looking for someone for whom nothing is too much trouble and whose generous efforts have changed the lives of those around them
• Best teacher of the year
The panel is looking for individuals who inspire devotion and respect from their students in equal measure, as well as forging strong relationships with parents and going beyond the call of duty to improve school life inside and outside of the classroom.
• Best teaching assistant of the year
The judges would like to reward the adaptable, hard-working people who make teachers lives easier with their constant support, while improving the learning experience for our district’s youngsters and in many cases providing invaluable help for pupils with special needs and producing dramatic results.
• Best breakfast or after-school club of the year
we are looking for the popularity of the club, the number of students it attracts and the impact it made on its members and their parents in order to whittle down the impressive nominees.
• Best headteacher of the year - sponsored by Barber Harrison & Platt
The judges are hoping to hear tales of inspirational leaders who have turned schools around, of heads who thrive on daily challenges and those who enthuse staff as well as pupils to give 100 per cent.
• Best crossing patrol person
The judges are looking for that special person who keeps you safe on the roads on the way to school. Why not tell us about the best crossing patrol person you know?
TO NOMINATE, EMAIL HAROLDINE.LOCKWOOD@JPRESS.CO.UK WITH THE FOLLOWING DETAILS: YOUR NAME; YOUR ADDRESS; YOUR TELEPHONE NUMBER; THE NAME OF YOUR NOMINEE; WHICH AWARD YOU ARE PUTTING THEM UP FOR; WHY YOU ARE NOMINATING THEM IN A MINIMUM OF 50 WORDS. THE CLOSING DATE FOR NOMINATIONS IS MONDAY, JUNE 23.