BEST IN SCHOOLS: Nominate your top teacher, pupil and school for special awards

Last year's sports team winner: St Mary's RC High School Athletic team. Award presented by Andy Morris of Synergy Sports Academy.
Last year's sports team winner: St Mary's RC High School Athletic team. Award presented by Andy Morris of Synergy Sports Academy.

Who is Derbyshire’s best teaching assistant, caretaker or headteacher? Nominate for our Education Awards now!

The Derbyshire Times is searching for north Derbyshire’s best teachers and pupils - and we want you to tell us who you think should be honoured.

This year there are 13 awards up for grabs, which are designed 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 that gives it their all - we want to know who helps to make your school stand out.

We are also looking to recognise exceptional pupils, sports players and teams as well as the best breakfast or after-school club.

Derbyshire Times editor Graeme Huston said: “Children, quite rightly, hold a very special place in our hearts. Every parent wants the best possible start for their child and that’s why schools and their staff are such a key part of every local community.

These awards recognise those who go that extra mile in providing the very best education possible for our youngsters. From the vital caretakers, office and canteen staff who keep schools running, to the teachers and head teachers who help inspire the next generation, we celebrate their outstanding achievements, commitments and dedication.”

Closing date for nominations is June 23 and the awards take place on July 10.

Email details of your nominations to

Awards 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 

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-schools 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?