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Catholics schools from all over the region were honoured at the prestigious Educate Awards ceremony on Friday 15 November.


The awards, in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, is now in its eighth year and is the largest education awards in the North West.


Over 700 guests gathered for the Educate Awards ceremony held at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, hosted by broadcaster Simon ‘Rossie’ Ross.


On the night, 21 awards were handed out to schools in the Liverpool City Region, Lancashire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester.


St Julie’s Catholic High School won Outstanding Arts in Secondary School for its ArtSchool 2018 festival. The festival was open to all secondary schools across the Liverpool City Region, allowing them to showcase their students’ talent and celebrate performing arts as a whole. The event saw over 10 other schools take part with a renowned judging panel awarding performances and providing expert feedback.


The Academy of St Francis of Assisi won Most Inspirational Secondary School. The academy is a catalyst for social change. For cultural and racial acceptance with a clear ambition to ensure every child reaches the limits of their capability, despite previous experiences, to shine in their own way. This year Ofsted praised the academy for creating ‘a culture where students are at the heart of every decision and action’.


Speaking about the award win, Kevin Maddocks, Head of School at the Academy of St Francis of Assisi, said: “We are absolutely over the moon to have won the Most Inspirational Secondary School Award at the Educate Awards.


“Since joining in September, I have been overwhelmed by the entire school community and its mission statement ‘Success for All’, is certainly what ASFA strives to achieve.


“I couldn’t be any prouder of this fantastic school!”


Cardinal Langley RC High School, from Middleton in Rochdale, impressed judges because of its recent representation of the North West at the ‘Race for the Line’ national rocket car competition.


Three year 7 students travelled to RAF Wittering to compete against the other regional finalists to design and build a rocket car to travel over 60 mph. They achieved second place out of all schools across the UK.


Cardinal Langley is proudly preparing students to enter the science, technology, engineering and maths industries as they develop the right skills for the future.


During the evening there was a number of incredible performances by schools including a tribute to The Beatles by Riverside Primary School and St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, a surprise flash mob from LIPA Sixth Form, a Mary Poppins recital by The Belvedere Academy, whilst Wirral Grammar School for Boys & Wirral Grammar School for Girls sang hits from the musical Chicago and over 60 students from St Julie’s Catholic High School’s performed a medley from its own original production called ‘This is Liverpool’.


Runners up on the night included, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Primary School for the Innovative and Creative Literacy Award and Carmel College for the Most Inspirational 16-18 Education Provider Award. Carmel College was re-inspected by Ofsted at the end of April 2019 and retained its Outstanding status. This makes Carmel the only Outstanding Sixth Form College nationally, that has retained its outstanding grade over the last ten years.    


Also shortlisted were:

All Saints Catholic Primary School, Liverpool - Eco School Project of the Year

St Damian’s RC Science College, Tameside - Spirit of Enterprise Award

The Barlow RC High School, Manchester - SEND Provision Award

St Bede’s Catholic High School, Ormskirk - Career Aspiration Award

St Teresa of Lisiuex Catholic Primary School, Liverpool - Innovation in Education Award

St Mary’s RC Primary School, Manchester - Outstanding Commitment to Sport in a Primary School

Adam Sirett, The Barlow RC High School, Manchester - Teacher of the Year

Stephen Hill, St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Oldham - Teacher of the Year


Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, says: “A huge well done to all the Catholic schools on their fantastic award wins.


“We are so proud to host an event which champions the creativity, diversity and dedication of teachers, school support stars, schools and colleges from across the North West.


“This year we have been inundated with exceptional entries and so congratulations to all the winners, runners-up and finalists for 2019.”


Associate sponsors include: All About STEM, Angel Solutions, CER, CPMM Media Group, DMR David M Robinson Jewellery & Watches, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Diocesan Schools Trust, Liverpool Learning Partnership, LSSP, Progress To Excellence Group, Satis Education, School Improvement Liverpool, Signature Living and Winstanley College.

Catholic schools recognised at the Educate Awards 2019!

We are so proud to host an event which champions the creativity, diversity and dedication of teachers, school support stars, schools and colleges from across the North West