The first Raising the Bar Awards were held in 2014, and the winners presented with their awards at a ceremony at Wherstead Park.

The list of 2014 winners and finalists can be found below:

Innovation in Education and Skills, sponsored by UCS
The Who Asks Us Project. The people behind this project were chosen for their work with high school students; connecting them with the business world to gain experience and understanding.
Finalists
Eddy Alcock of Suffolk Young Enterprise
Focus Fortnights at Farlingaye High School

Excellence in Achievement, sponsored by EDF Energy
Farlingaye High School. Farlingaye was chosen because of its significant improvement in GCSE grades compared to previous years and above national average improvement in other areas of the curriculum.
Finalists
Leanne Burton of Iddle Biddle Babies
Colourbox Montessori School.

Teaching Excellence, sponsored by DanceEast
Siobhan Eastwood of St Johns Primary School. The judges chose Siobhan because of her exceptional work with her Year 6 class; creating fun and inspiring lessons, delivering additional out of school lessons and developing bespoke programmes to ensure that students can maximise their development.
Finalists
Philippa Ridley of Britannia Primary School
Gemma Greengrass of Barnby North Cove Primary School.

Educational Leader of the Year, sponsored by the East Anglian Daily Times
Howard Lay of Samuel Ward Academy. Howard was chosen because of his visionary and long standing leadership of high achieving schools and who continues to be recognised by Ofsted as outstanding.
Finalists
Sarah Thompson of Stepping Stones Pre-school
Clare Lamb of All Saints Primary School, Lawshall.

Visionary Management, sponsored by Micropress
Cathy Laird of Farlingaye High School. Having supported more than 70 young carers at the school in accessing the support and guidance they need in order to succeed, the judges felt Cathy was a worthy winner.
Finalists
Amanda Sands of West Suffolk All-Through Teaching School Alliance
Brian Hawkins of Kesgrave High School.

Governor, Trustee or Non-Executive of the Year, sponsored by Anglian Water
Kit Wells of Federation of Gislingham and Palgrave Schools. The judges felt Kit deserved to win because of his dedication as a school governor, commitment to embracing and embedding Raising the Bar across the federation and for the work he does with the wider education community.
Finalists
Sarah Hammond of Stradbroke High School
John Helleur of St Helen’s Primary School

Partnership in Education, sponsored by the East of England Co-op
Suffolk Agricultural Association. Suffolk Agricultural Association has demonstrated a long term commitment to bringing together students and business from the farm and food world and has run a number of initiatives, including the popular Schools and Farms County Show, now in its 14th year for students across the county.
Finalists
The Unlocked Project
North Suffolk School Partnership.

Support Staff of the Year, sponsored by EATS
Lianne Selwood of Occold Primary School. Lianne won because of her amazing support to the class teacher, ensuring that everything is in place and ready for the day and for running breakfast clubs, being a mid-day supervisors and much more.
Finalists
Kim Jacobs of Westbourne Academy
Lauren De Bank of Hintlesham and Chattisham Primary School.

Young Person of the Year, sponsored by iSEED

Up to Year 6
Tyler Williams of Houldsworth Primary School. Despite having to overcome some struggles in her life, Tyler is an excellent role model for her peers. Previously having been a school councillor, Tyler always participates in clubs and extra-curricular activities and is already achieving above age-related expectations across the curriculum.
Finalists
Linden Butcher of Gislingham Primary School
Billy Hatt of Sprites Primary School.

Years 7–11
Isabel Tilbury-Larter of Stradbroke High School. Isabel has overcome significant challenges in her learning to achieve a good set of SATS results. Despite having dyslexia, Isabel has worked incredibly hard to make three levels of progress and has achieved a level 4 in English, with this has come greatly improved confidence levels.
Finalists
Nathan Bowkett of Orminston Denes Academy
James Aleksic & Shaun Barber of Westbourne Academy

16 and over
Joanne Davey of Suffolk New College. Joanne has faced her fair share of challenges but has worked hard and has succeed in passing her A Levels – gaining an A* in history. This has enabled Joanne to go on and study history at the UEA.
Finalists
John Cheshire of Mildenhall College Academy
Sam Kenward of Sir John Leman High School.

Business Partner of the Year, sponsored by Spring
AKD Engineering. AKD Engineering was chosen for its close work with Lowestoft College over the past 17 years; improving the skills and knowledge of employees and continually take on new apprentices.
Finalists
Gary Shoesmith of Willis Insurance
ISG Construction

Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Mark Harrod
Sonia Chopra of Gislingham Primary School. Having overcome a life threatening illness which left her disabled, Sonia now gives up her time to work with primary school children. Sonia helps pupils daily in their development while providing the opportunity for them to understand the difficulties that other disabled people may face.
Finalists
Heather Ferguson of Cedarwood Primary School
Betty Richardson of Southwold Primary School.

Significant Contribution to Education in Suffolk, sponsored by Norse
Roger Fern of Halifax Primary School. Over the years, Roger has held a number of different roles in education across Suffolk. Roger has served on the governing body of many schools and is currently working on behalf of four different educational organisations. Roger is always striving to get the best for students, strongly believing that every child deserves the best education and support possible.
Finalists
Bows and Arrows
Kate Ruttle of Great Heath Primary School