DO you know a top teacher who goes the extra mile or a promising pupil who has achieved their goals?

After a successful launch in 2016 the Warrington Guardian Schools Awards are back and this year we need your help to make them even better.

Whether you are a parent, teacher, governor, support staff or head teacher, we are inviting you to nominate those worthy of special recognition in our education establishments across the town.

There are awards in 12 categories up for grabs and the winners, selected by a panel of judges, will be invited to a presentation evening at the Village Hotel on Wednesday, June 28.

Among last year’s winners were Stockton Heath Primary School, named school of the year, Great Sankey High School’s Charlotte Cummings, who was declared teacher of the year, and Cheshire Day Nursery, which scooped the early years award.

Click the gallery above to see more pictures from last year's event. 

Hayley Smith, editor of the Warrington Guardian, said: “The Warrington Guardian Schools Awards are a fantastic celebration of the great work that goes on not only in our classrooms but also behind the scenes, with the help of parent teacher associations and the wider community.

“We want to build on the success of our first ceremony and make this year’s an event to remember.

“There are so many inspirational teachers and support staff working tirelessly at schools and colleges throughout Warrington who deserve recognition.”

Readers are asked to nominate those whose hard work, achievements, passion, time and dedication has been invaluable to education and training.

Individuals or institutions can enter more than one category and the final date for entries is Friday, May 19.

The winners will be presented with their awards at the ceremony.

All applications will be considered and the judges’ decision is final.

HOW TO ENTER:

You can make your nomination by clicking here.

Alternatively send an email with the subject line ‘Warrington Guardian Schools Awards’ to hayley.smith@nqnw.co.uk.

You can also enter by filling in the form in this week’s Warrington Guardian newspaper.

Please include who you are nominating, their address, email and contact telephone number plus the name of the nominator and their contact number.

THE CATEGORIES:

CLASS OF THE YEAR

This award is to recognise a class of pupils who have worked together to achieve success, whether that is in their studies, fundraising, sport or arts performance, or pastoral care.

SCHOOL OF THE YEAR

We want to reward an exceptional school which stands out from the rest.

Not only do we want to see academic achievement, we also want to see entries that demonstrate innovation, imagination and efforts to develop children in ways that go beyond the league tables.

HEAD TEACHER OF THE YEAR

This award will go to an inspirational teacher who has shown exceptional leadership skills and commitment to their school or college.

TEACHER OF THE YEAR

The category will recognise a teacher who inspires and engages students to fulfil their potential and makes an exceptional contribution to the life of their school or college.

PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPIL

SECONDARY SCHOOL PUPIL

FURTHER EDUCATION STUDENT OF THE YEAR

These three awards will recognise students who have demonstrated a commitment to their own development through learning.

They may have overcome particular obstacles to succeed or to help others succeed, or have made a real difference to their life by improving their skills, qualifications or achieved excellence in extra curricular activities.

UNSUNG HERO

An award for a member or team of support staff who always give exceptional service. This could be anyone linked to the school in a supporting role, such as a teaching or midday assistant, caretaker, governor or school crossing patrol assistant.

INNOVATION AWARD

This award will go to an organisation which can demonstrate a commitment to providing opportunities to its students.

The winner will show they are not only raising standards but allowing students to fulfill their potential through exciting, innovative and creative projects.

APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR

We are looking for an apprentice who has completed an apprenticeship within the past academic year (2015/16) or is currently working towards an apprenticeship.

Judges will be looking for apprentices who have made outstanding progress in both their practical work and in their studies, and who have made an exceptional contribution to their workplace.

EARLY YEARS AWARD

This award will go to an innovative and successful childminding provider, nursery, school or organisation which stands out from the rest for their early years support or provision.

They should be able to demonstrate the impact their work has had on their nursery or the children in their care.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

This prestigious award will go to someone who has had a significant and positive impact on education in Warrington over a period of years.