Rising Star of the Year – Primary

Flinn Uff, All Saints CEVA Primary:

Flinn is described as an “inspiration to us all” for the way in which he pursues learning. Flinn is an exceptionally talented drawer and composer and is considered a very kind, conscientious and lovely pupil. Flinn’s autism means he finds some social conventions difficult but he has demonstrated an incredible persistence and maturity in trying to understand situations which he finds difficult.

Rising Star of the Year – Secondary

Sian Adams, Westbridge Academy:

Sian is a truly inspiring young lady having battled poor health and other challenges to now be in a position where she has achieved fantastic results and demonstrated remarkable resilience. Sian made the decision to aim high and that is exactly what she has done, proactively seeking work experience opportunities and chasing her goal to one day be an accountant.

Rising Star of the Year – Post 16 education/training

Josh Maney, One Sixth Form Centre:

Josh has made a phenomenal journey to achieve his place at University. He has had many obstacles to overcome, but he has dealt with them superbly, inspiring others at the same time. Josh is an excellent example of how a young person can respond to challenges.

Young Achiever of the Year – Primary

Isobelle Creamer, Piper’s Vale Community Primary School:

Isobelle is described as “the kind of pupil that every teacher would love to have in their class”. Isobelle puts in 100% effort into all her learning and is a sponge for knowledge. Isobelle is an incredibly intelligent young lady but is also very caring and respectful towards her peers and adults.

Young Achiever of the Year – Post 16 education/training

Emma Walker, West Suffolk College

Emma has been studying at West Suffolk College since September 2015 and has demonstrated outstanding time-management, self-motivation, initiative, leadership and integrity. These are all key skills for her desired career as a Chartered Accountant. Emma is an exceptional student and in November 2016, she co-led a group of pupils in a project to raise money for charity, raising a final sum of £3300. This achievement perfectly reflects Emma’s talent for people and time management at the same time as completing her heavy academic commitments.

Inspirational Young Person of the year – Primary

Jonathan Phipps, Riverwalk School:

Jonathan’s determination to succeed has exceeded the expectations of his parents, teachers and doctors alike. His spirit has not only overcome the huge physical barriers of his disability but has also translated into raising the bar of his academic progress. Jonathan’s biggest achievement, to get out of his wheelchair and walk independently, has inspired all those who have met him and especially the children facing similar difficulties at school. In the words of his paediatrician, “Jonathan is an example of why one should never stop believing and why one should never give up on a child”.

Inspirational Young Person of the Year – Secondary

Fleur Simpson, Hartismere School:

In 2015, Fleur learnt to crochet after seeing a friend wearing a crochet poppy, the rest is history. Fleur has raised funds for the Royal British Legion by making crochet poppies and accepting donations via the Just Giving page she established – Fleur’s Crochet Poppies. Her advertising has been terrific and her fundraising has surpassed all expectations. Fleur’s fundraising has led to a joint charity project between Hartismere School and Benjamin Britten High School.

Inspirational Young Person of the Year – Post 16 education/training

Ruby Last, Thurston Community College

Ruby is a quiet young lady who is admired by everyone who knows her. She is ever active in the Thurston Community College life and in the wider community supporting wherever she can. Ruby views this behaviour as something “that I just do” but she is described as ‘amazing’ by her peers and teachers. Ruby’s attendance at college is exemplary and she never fails to give her best in her studies. Ruby is always the first to volunteer when help is needed, but more than this, she doesn’t see how what she does is far beyond what could ever be expected from someone so young.

Educational Setting of the Year

West Suffolk College:

Achievement rates at West Suffolk College for students have rocketed as the teaching staff continue to go above and beyond to ensure that every pupil achieves their potential and more. The college is being used as a model example of good practice and it has recently been recognised as one of the leading providers of apprenticeships in the country. The college retains its local outlook with centres in numerous market towns across Suffolk, supporting local adults to develop their Maths, English, ICT and ESOL skills. The college represents a body of staff who truly encapsulate the college’s mission to have students and their success at the heart of everything they do.

Educational Leader of the Year

Iain Owens, Bungay Primary School:

Iain’s strong leadership and unwavering vision has seen the school’s results consistently improving to above national figures and a ‘Good’ Ofsted judgement in October 2016. As well as leading his own staff, Iain makes a major contribution to driving improvement work in all of the collaborative groups that he takes part in. This is because he demonstrates genuine commitment and integrity to improvement work combined with hard work, rapid pace and a strong can do attitude. This helps drive ambition and actions for other school leaders and is why his role as a leader has had a significant impact.

Excellence in Governance

Toby Slater Robins, Henley Primary School:

Toby has been a governor at Henley Primary School for 11 years. During this time, he has offered support to every member of the school community. He has helped to lead the school to its current ‘Outstanding’ status through collaborative working with fellow governors and staff. Toby has supported individuals through challenging times and he has contributed to the cultural life of the school through his musicianship.

Excellence in Teaching

Chris Dale, Samuel Ward Academy:

Chris is an exceptional teacher who goes above and beyond for all of his students. His efficient and clear teaching style allows the students to learn more quickly. Chris is described as “the perfect teacher” for mathematics due to his charisma, attentiveness to children’s needs, devotion towards extra activities and much more. Chris familiarises himself with the strengths and weaknesses of his students and takes as much responsibility for a student’s grade as they do.

Excellence in Middle Leadership

Julie Patel, Suffolk New College:

Julie’s constant energy and passion for improving the student experience is infectious and she reflects quality in every aspect of her role. This attitude has had a positive effect on the students English and Maths skills and Julie’s programme area has had the highest attendance and performance in the College with both GCSEs and functional skills.

Excellence in Collaboration

The Inclusion Steering Group, Lowestoft and Waveney:

A strong collaboration has been forged in the Inclusion Steering Group in Lowestoft and Waveney since September 2016. Eighteen school leaders are working together to overcome barriers to learning and improving attendance for all pupils, particularly disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs. The group collaborates powerfully to improve outcomes for children with social, emotional and mental health issues. It continues to grow and now includes representatives from a range of agencies.

Business Partner of the Year

Yvonne Mason – The Mason Trust:

The Mason Trust is a small independent charity set up by Yvonne to further her youth work in a more formal way. The Mason Trust operates under the mission of “inspiring young people to fulfil their potential”. With only three employees and a board of trustees led by Yvonne, the charity has awarded a staggering £500,000 to over 5600 young people to support them in achieving a desired goal. The Mason Trust have also supported local schools in providing externally facilitated STEM days to engage large groups of students.

Support Staff of the Year

Sam Hicks, Sidegate Primary School:

Sam has worked tirelessly the Family Liaison Manager at Sidegate Primary School to develop her role to ensure that the safety, personal development and wellbeing of pupils at the school underpins everything that the school does. Sam works closely with the families to support them access the help that they need; her determination in pursuit of this support has made a real impact on families’ lives and thus the achievements of pupils.

Unsung Hero of the Year

Hannah Mayhew, St Edmunds Primary School:

Hannah is the motivation behind the fundraising for St Edmunds Primary School. Last year she raised thousands of pounds through various events. The money raised has benefited every child in the school.  Hannah works tirelessly on many projects, from the initial idea through to the conclusion of the projects.  She brings many people together and makes the school a better place for everyone.

Innovation of the Year

Access Community Trust:

Access Community Trust, through their youth services based at Sam’s Café and The Enterprise Lounge in Lowestoft, work with a range of young people offering constructive activities and interventions delivered by positive role models who offer a range of skills for both work and life. This innovative and progressive Trust works closely with schools, Pupil Referral Units, colleges and other education providers to offer disadvantaged young people a range of opportunities. The Trust can positively affect the lives of so many young people which will in future years bear fruit for the whole community.