Schools awards win­ners are an­nounced

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THE in­cred­i­ble achieve­ments of out­stand­ing chil­dren and teach­ers were cel­e­brated at the M.E.N.’s Greater Manch­ester Schools Awards.

Young­sters and teach­ers were treated to an af­ter­noon off lessons to en­joy the fourth an­nual awards cer­e­mony at the Hil­ton Manch­ester Deans­gate. And this year the stan­dard of en­tries for the nine cat­e­gories was higher than ever, judges said.

New­man RC Col­lege in Chad­der­ton scooped The Manch­ester Col­lege Sec­ondary School of the Year af­ter wow­ing judges with their jour­ney from the clo­sure and amal­ga­ma­tion of two schools five years ago.

In that time, head­teacher Mike McGhee has taken the col­lege from strength to strength.

Col­lect­ing his award, Mr McGhee said: “It has been a dif­fi­cult five years in many ways and a lot of hard work.

“We have been de­lighted with the re­sponse from the com­mu­nity who have sup­ported us all the way.

“This award is wholly de­served by the stu­dents, staff and par­ents.”

The Pri­mary School of the Year was won by Pic­tor Academy, whose choirs also stole the show dur­ing the awards cer­e­mony.

Jacque­line Whe­ble, head of Pic­tor, an out­stand­ing spe­cial needs school in Tim­per­ley, said: “It has been a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence to cel­e­brate the achieve­ments of all of the chil­dren and staff.

“We have had a lot of big changes this year and we are tak­ing on more chil­dren with far more com­plex needs. Staff have worked so hard to meet those chal­lenges. To­day was a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for the chil­dren.”

Head­teacher of the Year was awarded to Stephen Lawler-Smith, of Moor­side Com­mu­nity Pri­mary School in Swin­ton.

Un­der his lead­er­ship, ‘Team Moor­side’ has re­cently been ranked in the top three per cent of schools na­tion­ally.

Mr Lawler-Smith said the award was a re­flec­tion of his team’s pas­sion and en­thu­si­asm at Moor­side.

“This is for ev­ery­one and not just me,” he said.

Julie No­ble was recog­nised for her ef­forts sup­port­ing pupils at Long­den­dale High School af­ter one of their fel­low stu­dents trag­i­cally drowned last sum­mer.

Julie, a mem­ber of sup­port staff, was com­mended for tire­less ef­forts to sup­port griev­ing pupils in and out of school.

Lisa O’Lough­lin, prin­ci­pal of awards spon­sors The Manch­ester Col­lege, said: “I ad­mire the teach­ers, pupils and sup­port staff at all our lo­cal schools, and the awards are an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate their suc­cess. In what has been a dif­fi­cult year for the Greater Manch­ester com­mu­nity they have led by ex­am­ple and shown the very best of our pro­fes­sion, to which they are a credit.”

The awards night in full swing

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l Award win­ners in­cluded top, Whal­ley Range 11-18 High School; Rus­sell Scott Pri­mary School, right, and St An­drews CofE, Booth­stown, above

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