The best in our schools

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Nominations have been coming in thick and fast for our Best in Schools Awards.

Teachers, pupils and parents have all been busy sending us in their nominations which celebrate the very best in education.

Holly Wolstenholme was put forward for our Star Pupil award by her teacher Linda Butterfield.

The nine-year-old who attends St John’s c of E Primary was diagnosed with diabetes in August last year.

“She has been amazing in the way that she has accepted her problem and dealt with medicating herself almost from the start,” said Mrs Butterfield.

“We supported her in school for the first couple of weeks but since then she has been looking after herself.”

“She has an excellent attitude, always has a smile on her face and her attendance is excellent.”

“She is an amazing role model for any other children with these types of problems.”

Holly was presented with her certificate infront of her friends Paris Slater, Charlotte Beech and Maddison Carter, all 10-years-old.

Valley School sports teacher Miss Rebecca Bawamia was nominated in the Best Teacher category by pupil Laura Hollis.

The year seven pupils said of Miss Bawamia: “She is a very kind and supportive teacher and never stops trying when someone needs help.”

Valley School was also the place for our latest Best in Sports Team nomination.

The school’s under 13s table tennis team were nominated by parent Joanne McIntosh, whose son Kyle is in the team. Other members are Ewan Pickersgill, Owen Shutt and Jack Kirkland.

The team has won the county, zone and regional championships and also reached the national finals in March.

“The boys now know they are one of the best under 13 school table tennis teams in the country which I’m sure you agree is a very high achievement, and as parents we are extremely proud of them all,” said Joanne.

Maybe you think that your school, headteacher or lunch person. Do you know a star pupil or an improved student? Call us now to make your nomination call 01909 500500 or email