We are delighted to announce the following confirmed sponsors;

Rising Star of the Year – Sponsored by Vertas

Jo Lardent, Vertas Group Commercial Director:

“Being able to support Suffolk’s Raising the Bar initiative is hugely important to Vertas, not only because of our strong service links with the majority of schools in the county, but because the programme is pivotal to the success of our young people in the county and is helping them prepare for successful futures.

The Rising Star of the Year award recognises those children and young people who have worked tirelessly to overcome obstacles or personal barriers to improve their learning – we as a business feel this is such an important aspect of developing into dedicated and hard-working adults, especially when having to make key decisions regarding further education or a career.”

Educational Setting of the Year – Sponsored by Schools’ Choice

Julia Dolan, CEO of Schools Choice:

“Schools’ Choice is thrilled to be this year’s sponsor of the ‘Educational setting of the year’ award. In Schools’ Choice we are passionate about the education services we provide, making sure we have a positive impact on schools and the children and young people in them. We understand how places for learning endeavour to show the major improvements they attain year on year to support progression and achievement, deliver strong leadership and contribute visionary ideas for the development of children and young people. Schools’ Choice supports all places of learning to focus on what really matters: progress and achievement”.

Unsung Hero of the Year – Sponsored by Norse

Mark Emms, Managing Director of Norse:

“There are many unsung heroes making significant contribution to the county’s education communities and environments.  These people are often doing things that help shape the lives of students in various levels of education. This award plays an important role in providing these dedicated, unpaid volunteers with the recognition they justly deserve.”

Educational Leader of the Year – Sponsored by Ipswich Star and East Anglian Daily Times

Terry Hunt, Editor-in-Chief of Archant in Suffolk:

“The East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star newspapers have been at the very heart of the Suffolk community for well over 100 years.

“Just like our readers, we want children in Suffolk to enjoy the very best education throughout their time in school and college. That’s why we are passionate supporters of the Raising the Bar initiative, which has brought about significant progress in the last few years”.

Innovation of the Year – Sponsored by Anglian Water

Mark Pendlington, Group Director from Anglian Water Group:

“We are on a mission to inspire young people of all ages and talents into the world of work – and into the exciting world of Anglian Water too, where job opportunities range from lawyers and nature wardens to scientists, energy managers and community workers. Our work gives us the opportunity to support in particular those schools and communities facing some of the toughest challenges. It’s why we support and celebrate Raising the Bar that showcases talent, commitment and expertise in schools right across Suffolk.”

Excellence in Collaboration – Sponsored by Barnes Construction

Mark Bailey, Divisional Director:

“At Barnes Construction we recognise the need for, and value of, collaboration to achieve the very best outcomes in all fields of work. For this reason we are delighted to sponsor ‘Excellence in Collaboration’ category at this year’s Raising the Bar awards”.

Inspirational Young Person of the Year – Sponsored by Concertus

Andrew Rowe, Managing Director:

“We’re delighted to support the Raising the Bar Awards’ and sponsor ‘inspirational young person of the year’ category. RTB efforts to shine a spotlight on some of Suffolk’s most inspirational young people is something that Concertus are thrilled to be involved in”.

Young Achiever of the Year – Sponsored by MyGo

Louise Walkington, Operations Manager MyGo:

“We are really proud to once again be supporting the Raising the Bar Awards and are looking forward to meeting this year’s inspirational nominees and winners”.

Excellence in Governance – Sponsored by Govern Suffolk

Joanna Howell, Senior Governance Advisor, Suffolk County Council:

“We are delighted to be sponsoring the ‘Excellence in Governance’ award this year. School governors play such an important role in the education system and recognising good practice is vital. It’s great that Suffolk residents continue to put their skills into schools for the benefit of children and young people.”

Excellence in Teaching – Sponsored by Teach Suffolk

Stella Day, Project Manager:

“We are always looking for excellent, inspiring and ambitious teachers who want to work or train in Suffolk schools.  Excellent teachers deliver great outcomes for children and Teach Suffolk is delighted to sponsor this award”.

Excellence in Middle Leadership – Sponsored by School to School Support Partnership

Carol Hitchman, Strategic Lead, School to School Support Partnership:

“The School to School Support Partnership is delighted to support the Excellence is Middle Leadership award this year. The School to School Support Partnership is made up of the 10 Teaching Schools across Suffolk along with other strong partnerships. The role of the middle leader is key to the success of any school and it’s great to see it being recognised”.

Support Staff of the Year – Sponsored by Suffolk Skills Show

Dayle Bayliss, Chair of the Suffolk Skills Show:

“We are delighted to sponsor Raising the Bar Support Staff of the Year in recognition of the unsung support staff who work within schools to enable students to attend valuable extracurricular events such as the Suffolk Skills Show, attend to their pastoral and nutritional needs and generally go the extra mile to support our joint ambition of producing successful young people well equipped to shine in whatever they chose to do”

Business Partner of the Year – Sponsored by New Anglia Youth Pledge Marque

Chris Starkie, Managing Director, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership:

“The New Anglia Youth Pledge is our commitment to help every young person in the East into education, training, an apprenticeship or a job. Business plays a crucial role in helping us deliver that commitment, so we’re delighted to sponsor the Business Partner of the Year award through the New Anglia Youth Pledge Marque, our benchmark for businesses who are committed to support the future workforce, better align skills with enterprise and in turn grow our economy.”