THE St Helens Reporter are proud to announce its inaugural Education Awards 2012.
These awards will celebrate primary and secondary education across the St Helens area.
Sponsored by St Helens College, the awards will showcase and celebrate the very best students, teachers, schools and employees in the area.
The campaign will recognise the achievements that schools and pupils make within the education sector on a daily basis.
There are nine categories. They are – School of the Year secondary and primary, Pupil of the Year - secondary and primary, Sustainable School, School Lifestyle, Sports Achievement, Inspirational Teaching and Unsung Hero.
Each category has its own criteria for nomination, which you can see on the opposite page.
We are inviting our readers to be actively involved and support these awards by nominating worthy candidates.
St Helens Reporter news editor Andy Moffatt said: “The St Helens Reporter is delighted to unveil its first-ever education awards.
“The awards are a fitting way to celebrate the quality and diversity of education and students that exists across this part of Merseyside.
“The awards are designed not just to reward high achievement, but to also recognise the efforts of all levels and sectors of the education system.
“We want as many nominations are possible so we can honour schools and individuals and celebrate the undoubted young talent that exists in our area.
“So please get nominating now and help make our special awards evening an event to be remembered.
“But for people to get the recognition they deserve we need those who know all about this great work to tell us. Don’t be shy, get those nominations in!”
To nominate a school, pupil, teacher or member of staff couldn’t be easier. Simply send in your nomination to Education Awards, St Helens Reporter, Promotions Department, C/o Lancashire Evening Post, Olivers Place, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9ZA. Or you can email your entry to email@example.com or, if you would like to nominate online, please log onto www.sthelensreporter.co.uk. Your nomination should consist of your name and contact details, plus the name of the school/ person you are nominating, explain in no more than 250 words why they have been nominated and include their contact address and telephone number.
Closing date for nominations is 9am on Wednesday, June 6.
A panel of judges will examine all nominations and select shortlisted finalists in each category.
All finalists will be invited to a prestigious presentation evening, where the winners, as chosen by the judges, will be announced.
The awards presentation evening will be at the St Helens College on Thursday 5th July.
So, if you are nominating, please remember this date for your diary! However, the Unsung Hero winner will be chosen by you, our readers.
The nominations shortlisted by our judges in this category will be featured in The St Helens Reporter at the end of June and you can vote for who you think most deserves to win.
It is now over to you to let us know who you would like to nominate for an award and be in with the chance of winning one of these prestigious titles.
The Awards are open to primary and secondary schools only. Sixth forms and nurseries are not valid for this competition.