Golden Apples 2012

  1. Dedication and talent shine through in education awards shortlist
    The judges, front from left, Corinna Cartwright, Mark Bowman and Prof Liz Beaty. Back, Kelly Pattison, Marie Whitehead and awards administrator Alison Sisson

    Today we reveal who is in the running to lift a Golden Apple Award.

    The contenders in the 2013 CN Group Education and Learning Awards have been selected by the judges.

    They faced difficult choices, with an impressive array of entries from every sphere of education and training across Cumbria. The number of entries was also up on previous years.

    The shortlist of finalists was chosen by University of Cumbria pro vice-chancellor Professor Liz Beaty; Corinna Cartwright, the retired headteacher of James Rennie School in Carlisle; Mark Bowman, chief executive of advice, information and guidance organisation Inspira; Kelly Pattison, education reporter at The Cumberland News and News & Star; and chairman Marie Whitehead, director of CN Events.

    As a new academic year gets underway next week, Prof Beaty said: “It has been such a joy to spend a lot of time looking at all these positive stories, some of which bring tears to your eyes.

    “You feel so positive about the Cumbrian talent, hard work and dedication of people across the county.”

    Mrs Cartwright added: “Over the years I’ve had many experiences in my work, with my husband and my children, where you go to events and celebrate children’s achievements and so it is good that these awards give us a chance to celebrate all those who make that success happen.”

    Mr Bowman said: “It has been a really positive experience to see what is happening around the county.”

    Finalists are being invited to a gala dinner where the winners will be revealed. The dinner will be at Carlisle Racecourse on Friday, October 4.

    CN Group, parent company of The Cumberland News, is organising the event to recognise excellence in education and training in association with Inspira and the University of Cumbria.


    Learner of the Year: James Boothroyd, Richard Rose Central Academy, Carlisle; Gillian Mahaffy, Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness; Lynden Park, Barrow Sixth Form College, Barrow-in-Furness.

    Support Staff of the Year: Kati Brown, University of Cumbria Students’ Union; Deborah Burrow, Newbarns Primary School, Barrow-in-Furness; Patrick Flinn, Whitehaven School; Krista Johnston, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith.

    Early Years Award: Margaret Bravo, St Peter’s Nursery, Kingstown, Carlisle; Gerry Garvey, Muddy Boots Nursery, Newton Rigg, Penrith; Claire Sharpe, Woodend Country Childcare, Lamplugh, Workington.

    Community Involvement: Susan Aglionby, The Croft, Houghton, Carlisle; Barrow Engineering Project, Furness Education & Skills Partnership and the Royal Academy of Engineering; The Rising Sun Trust, Frizington.

    Governing Body of the Year: Carlisle College, Carlisle; Mayfield School, Whitehaven.

    Teaching Assistant of the Year: Jill Bell, Broughton Primary School, near Cockermouth; the late Denise Clark, Dearham Primary School; Margaret Graveson, Furness College.

    Innovation in the Arts: Media course team, Carlisle College, Carlisle; Alf Phillips, Carlisle College, Carlisle; West Lakes Academy, Egremont.

    Fit for Life: Rock Challenge, Cockermouth School, Cockermouth; Allison Forster, Mayfield School, Whitehaven; Shaun Weatherhead, U Can Shine, Carlisle; Kerry Halcrow and Holly Wilbraham, Whitehaven School.

    Outstanding New Teacher Award: Kate Colebourn, Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness; Carolyn Westnedge, Mayfield School, Whitehaven; Kaylea Wilson, St Bernard’s Catholic High School, Barrow-in-Furness.

    Teacher/Lecturer of the Year: Paul Agnew, Pennine Way Primary School, Carlisle; Richard Butler, Ulverston Victoria High School, Ulverston; Steve McAloone, Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness.

    Headteacher/Principal of the Year: Christopher Ashcroft, Bookwell Primary School, Egremont; Janine Pierce, Yarlside Nursery & Primary School, Barrow-in-Furness; Vanessa Ray, West Lakes Academy, Egremont; Moira Tattersall, Carlisle College

    Award for Youth: Distington Club for Young People, Distington; Sandra McKeown, 1st Flimby Girls’ Brigade, Flimby; Sam Massey, Wigton Youth Station, Wigton.

    Against All Odds: Hannah McKain, Whitehaven School, Whitehaven; Jenny Thomas, Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness; Stay West Team, Lakes College West Cumbria, Workington.

    Apprentice of the Year: Matthew Emmott, Newton Rigg College, Penrith; Aidan Harrison, Innovia Films, Wigton; Stuart Rigg, GENII and Sellafield Ltd.

    Post 16 Education & Training Provider: Armstrong Watson, Carlisle; Carlisle College, Carlisle; Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness; University of Cumbria.

    Primary School of the Year: Dearham Primary School, Dearham; Silloth Primary School, Silloth; Yarlside Nursery & Primary School, Barrow-in-Furness.

    Secondary School of the Year: Keswick School, Keswick; The Nelson Thomlinson School, Wigton; West Lakes Academy, Egremont

    Special Needs Award: Karen Fitzpatrick and Mark Whitehead, Barrow Sixth Form College, Barrow-in-Furness; Miss Sapsed, Mrs Pickering and Mrs Murphy, Jericho Primary School, Whitehaven; Ryan Dobson, Wheels for All, Watchtree Nature Reserve, near Wiggonby, Carlisle.

    Lifetime Achievement Award: Mick Farley

  2. Judges chosen for CN Group education awards 2013

    The judges for Cumbria’s most prestigious education and learning awards have been chosen.

    Mark Bowman, chief executive of Inspira, and Professor Liz Beaty, from the University of Cumbria; will join former headteacher Corinna Cartwright on the panel that will judge the entries in this year’s CN Group Education and Learning Awards.

    Inspira, the Penrith-based social enterprise organisation which specialises in personal development and guidance, and the University of Cumbria are associate sponsors of this year’s awards.

    Mrs Cartwright was headteacher of James Rennie School, a special school for three to 18-year-olds in Carlisle, until her retirement a year ago.

    She was its head for five years and clocked up a total of 18 years service at the California Road school.

    The line-up is completed by Kelly Pattison, education reporter at Cumbrian Newspapers, and Marie Whitehead, director of cnevents, will act as chairman.

    Mr Bowman said: “I am looking forward to judging these awards. Inspira has been providing career guidance and personal development to young people for more than ten years – some of this work takes place in schools.

    Young people are our future, and we want to play a big part in giving them the best start in life.”

    Pro vice-chancellor Professor Liz Beaty, who was educated in Carlisle, said: “The calibre of work being carried out in the education sector in Cumbria is extremely high, and I’m confident that I’m going to have some very impressive entries to select from.

    “To be invited to judge these awards is a joy and a real privilege. I’m anticipating some inspiring case studies to examine.”

    Judges will choose who will win each of the 19 categories in this year’s Golden Apple Awards when they meet in Carlisle on August 23. Organisers have received a record number of nominations.

    Those who are shortlisted as finalists will be revealed in September. The winners will be announced during at Carlisle Racecourse on Friday, October 4.

  3. Still chance to nominate in CN Group education awards

    Today is the end of the academic year for thousands of teachers and pupils and we are giving you one more week to nominate who you think should pick up one of Cumbria’s most prestigious awards.

    The closing date for entries for this year’s Golden Apple Awards is Friday, July 26 - a week today.

    Following this week’s frantic end to the summer term, we urge you to sit back and reflect on the worthy contributions of students, staff, schools, education establishments, volunteers and youth groups.

    Anyone can submit nominations to this year’s free-to-enter CN Group Education and Learning Awards.

    Among the latest submissions are nominations for Wigton Youth Station, Mayfield School in Whitehaven and Whitehaven School.

    Nineteen awards are up for grabs and the categories cover a wide range of worthy recipients.

    They include individual awards for learners, school staff and the special lifetime achievement awards. Teams and groups can also be nominated in a number of categories, which have been designed to highlight that learning does not always take place in a classroom.

    Judging will take place next month and finalists will be revealed in September.

    They will be invited to a gala dinner at Carlisle Racecourse, on October 4, where the 19 winners will be announced. This year’s awards are being sponsored by Inspira, which works with young people across Cumbria.

    The CN Group publishes The Cumberland News.

    Entries can be made online, by calling 01228 612617 or by picking up an entry form at any Cumbrian Newspapers office.

  4. Inspiring Carlisle teenager latest nomination for CN Group education award
    James Boothroyd

    Inspirational teenager James Boothroyd is one of the latest people to be nominated for one of Cumbria’s most prestigious education awards.

    Before he’s even finished school, James has endured more than most people will have to cope with in a lifetime but he has overcome all the odds to be on brink of going to university.

    Now he wants to become a primary school teacher and inspire others to achieve.

    His success so far, both in and outside the classroom, has led psychology teacher Nigel Cannar to nominate the Carlisle sixth former as the Learner of the Year in this year’s Golden Apple Awards – the 2013 CN Group Education and Learning Awards.

    CN Group publishes The Cumberland News.

    Mr Cannar said: “James is an inspiration to all that meet him. He is respected by his peer group and thought highly of by his teachers.

    “He has worked exceptionally hard this year and his learning has reached another level. Regardless of what happens I will be proud that this young man has been part of my life. I too have learnt a great deal about the craft of teaching and learning by having James in my class.

    "He has challenged and stretched me intellectually in the pursuit of knowledge. I feel as though we have both been on a learning journey together and I feel that a fitting tribute to this exceptional young man would be to name him Learner of the Year.”

    James lives with his two carers and his younger brother Simon after losing his parents at an early age.

    He has also had to overcome the challenges of severe dyslexia to succeed at sixth form. Despite struggling to adjust to sixth form, talented artist James “redoubled his efforts” and completed a great deal of work in his own time which led him to achieve a distinction in his applied science diploma.

    James, who attends Richard Rose Central Academy in Carlisle, has also had to switch roles and look after his carer Kevin when he suffered a stroke.

    James and his brother are heavily involved in a number of youth activities including Carlisle Youth Council, their school council and are part of the NHS youth panel. They also carry out voluntary work.

    There are 19 categories in the Golden Apple awards.

    New awards this year include the Award for Youth, aimed at community and sporting organisations, and the Special Needs Award, to recognise those who work with people with learning and physical difficulties and disabilities.

    Elsewhere, Holme St Cuthbert School at Mawbray near Maryport has been nominated in the Primary School of the Year category by a pupil and Kaylea Wilson, who works at St Bernard’s Catholic High School in Barrow, is nominated for the Outstanding New Teacher award.

    A nomination for Louise Starkey, a senior learning mentor at Westfield Primary School in Workington, to be honoured in the Support Staff of the Year category has been received too. She works with pupils and families who need additional support, is the school’s attendance officer and runs the school’s breakfast club too among her many duties.

    Anyone can submit nominations for this year’s CN Education and Learning awards. There are two weeks left to get entries in. The closing date is Friday, July 26.

    Winners will be revealed in October. This year’s awards are sponsored by Inspira, which works with young people across Cumbria.

    Entries can be made online, by calling 01228 612617 or by picking up an entry form at Cumbrian Newspapers’ offices in Lowther Street and Dalston Road, Carlisle.

  5. Sports-mad teacher up for 2013 CN Group education award
    Ian Turnbull

    There are just three weeks left to enter this year’s prestigious CN Group Golden Apple Awards. The closing date is July 26.

    With the summer holidays fast approaching now is the time to reflect on the successes of this latest academic year.

    Who deserves to be honoured for their contribution in any form of education, training or learning?

    Entrants can be put forward in 19 different categories covering a wide spectrum of opportunities, not just traditional classroom-based schooling. They include post-16 opportunities, on-the-job training and the contribution made by those in voluntary, community and sporting organisations.

    Two new awards recognise youth work by volunteers, clubs, sporting organisations and community outfits and also those who work with people with special needs.

    Ian Turnbull, a teacher at Keswick School, has been nominated in the fit for life category which recognises work to encourage students to be active.

    Mr Turnbull is the school sports co-ordinator and his role includes working with all of Keswick School's feeder primary schools. He also runs workshops to inspire secondary school pupils and trains youngsters to be volunteer sports leaders. A football and cricket coach, Mr Turnbull is also a keen cyclist, runner and openwater swimmer.

    The gala awards evening will be held on October 4 at Carlisle Racecourse.

    To nominate a winner go to, call 01228 612617 or pick up an entry form available at any Cumbrian Newspapers office in Carlisle, Workington, and Whitehaven.

  6. First entries in for Cumbria's education Oscars

    The first entries have come in for Cumbria’s education Oscars.

    One of the county’s biggest and most popular theatre schools for children has been nominated for two of the 19 awards up for grabs at this year’s Golden Apples.

    StagedRight, run by Carlisle couple David and Sallie McNeill, has been put forward for the new Award for Youth at the 2013 CN Group Education and Learning Awards.

    The category has been introduced to recognise worthwhile schemes, organisations or individuals committed to working with young people outside of the classroom.

    StagedRight, whose young performers staged Les Miserables at the Sands Centre in Carlisle last week, has also been nominated for the Community Involvement award for the way it brings children of all ages and abilities and from different parts of the county together.

    Elsewhere, Alan Mottershead, who leads Cumbria’s largest secondary school, has been nominated for the Headteacher of the Year award.

    He is head of Trinity School in Carlisle. Mr Mottershead was recently elected to sit on the executive of the National Association of Head Teachers.

    West Cumbrian teacher Ian Nevitt has also been nominated by a parent. He is head of RE at St Benedict’s Catholic High School in Whitehaven.

    The nomination reads: “Mr Nevitt has been there for my son not only through the highs and lows of his education but personally and they do not only share a teacher-pupil bond but a deep friendship.”

    Categories in this year’s Golden Apples include honours for those who work with people with special needs, employers and skills trainers, as well as familiar accolades which recognise excellence in education and learning across Cumbria. Teams and individual awards are up for grabs.

    Finalists will be invited to attend a gala dinner at Carlisle Racecourse on October 4, where the winners of the prestigious 2013 CN Group Education and Learning Awards will be revealed.

    This year’s awards are being sponsored by the award-winning Inspira, which works with young people across Cumbria.

    Anyone can submit entries and previous winners, finalists and entrants are welcome to apply.

    Entries can be made online, by calling 01228 612617 or by picking up an entry form available at any CN office.

  7. Rewarding special needs heroes at CN Group Education awards

    A new award is going to be given out for the first time at this year’s Golden Apples to honour those who work with children and adults with special needs.

    The Special Needs Award will go to an individual, department or organisation which provides exceptional support for those with special needs or learning disabilities.

    Anyone can nominate worthy candidates for the accolade, which will be one of 19 awards handed out at a gala dinner in Carlisle later this year.

    The fourth Golden Apples are once again looking to honour and acknowledge excellence in the fields of education and training across Cumbria.

    The awards are run by CN Group, parent company of The Cumberland News, and are being supported by associate sponsor Inspira.

    Entries are now open. They can be made online via a dedicated website – – or by calling 01228 612617 or dropping into any Cumbrian Newspapers office for an entry form.

    The winners will be revealed on Friday, October 4 at a gala evening which will be held at Carlisle Racecourse.

  8. CN Group Education and Learning Awards 2013 launched
    Euan Cartwright, right, of the University of Cumbria, received the Governor of the Year award last year from Mark Stanger, of Lakes College

    Today we launch our fourth annual Golden Apples – awards celebrating excellence in education, learning and training across Cumbria.

    Is there a teacher or another member of staff who has gone above and beyond the call of their duties to help you or your child learn and achieve? Maybe you know a sports or youth club leader who dedicates their time tirelessly to our children and young people.

    Or is there an individual or organisation who should be recognised for their efforts, whether they be a student, children’s centre, teacher, university or other education or training establishment?

    Now is the time to put their name forward for the CN Group Education and Learning Awards 2013.

    This year’s awards are being launched in association with the award-winning social enterprise Inspira.

    Mark Bowman, Inspira’s chief executive, said: “Inspira is delighted to be the associate sponsor of the Golden Apple Awards for 2013.

    “We chose to support the Golden Apples because of the focus on excellence in education – a subject which we are passionate about.

    “Inspira has been providing career guidance and personal development to young people for more than 10 years – some of this work takes place in schools. As a result we see the enthusiasm and commitment of teachers, lecturers and assistants on a daily basis. Young people are our future, and we want to play a big part in giving them the best start in life.”

    This year there are 19 categories to highlight individual and team successes with Golden Apple awards for students and trainees, staff and governors as well as employers, schools and post 16 providers.

    Honours being handed out for the first time this year will include an award for those who provide exceptional help and support for those with special needs or disabilities.

    There is also the new “Award for Youth” category that will go to someone who shows outstanding commitment to working with young people in the county. They could be a volunteer, pack leader, coach or paid youth worker. Team entries will also be considered in several categories.

    Nominations can be submitted by anyone, not only those directly involved in education and training. The awards are free to enter.

    As the academic year now begins to draw to a close, the Golden Apples provide an opportunity to look back and reflect on the outstanding achievements in your community, nursery, school, college, university or work-based learning centre.

    The winners will be revealed on Friday, October 4 at a gala evening at Carlisle Racecourse, Durdar.

    David Helliwell, deputy publisher of CN Group and editor of The Cumberland News, said: “The Golden Apples have become a highlight in our calendar for recognising those who have achieved great things while studying and working in all fields of education and learning.

    “We are now welcoming entries for our fourth awards following the outstanding success from the first few years. We are grateful to our sponsor Inspira for their valued support.”

    Inspira works across Cumbria with its name helping to reflect its purpose – to inspire people, organisations and communities to success.

    It tackles social challenges by delivering statutory services on behalf of public bodies. This includes partnerships with schools and other learning providers to help them meet their statutory duties to provide impartial careers information, advice and guidance.

    Inspira also provides personal development schemes for young people, often working across huge geographical and socially diverse areas.

    This year, Inspira is leading the National Citizen Service across the north west of England.

    To enter, visit, ring 01228 612617 or visit any Cumbrian Newspapers office to pick up an entry form.


    Learner of the year: This will go to a learner of any year who can show how training and education has made a real difference to their life.

    Support staff of the year: An award for an individual or team who always gives exceptional service and makes a real difference.

    Early years: This will be give to an individual or organisation that demonstrates their excellent provision.

    Community involvement award: Judges will look for a scheme or organisation that brings benefits to its local community.

    Governing body of the year: Will go to a team which makes an exceptional contribution to the life of its education establishment.

    Teaching assistant of the year: The winner will be the nomination judged to make an outstanding contribution to their nursery, school or college.

    Innovation in the arts: Will be awarded to those who can demonstrate its commitment to offering arts to all and how the arts help students fulfil their potential.

    Fit for life: This award will be presented to the nomination judged to show an outstanding commitment to encouraging students to be active and also achieving success in their activities.

    Outstanding new teacher: For a teacher who has been in the profession for less than two years.

    Teacher/lecturer of the year: For an individual who inspires and engages students.

    Headteacher/principal of the year: For an inspirational leader who also shows commitment to their establishment and exceptional management and teaching skills.

    Award for youth: To someone who demonstrates commitment and enthusiasm while working with young people.

    Against all odds: The award will be presented to an individual or group who rose to meet an exceptional challenge during this academic year.

    Apprentice of the year: Will go to someone who has completed or is working towards an apprenticeship this academic year and who has made exceptional progress.

    Post-16 education and training provider of the year: For an employer, business, education establishment or training organisation and recognises the range of opportunities available to older learners.

    Primary school of the year

    Secondary school of the year

    Special needs award: Will go to a teacher, department or organisation which provides excellent support to those with special needs or disabilities.

    Lifetime achievement: Will go to someone who has had a significant and positive impact on education in Cumbria over a period of years. There will be no shortlist for this award and only the winner will be invited to the presentation event.

  9. CN Group Education and Learning Awards 2012: Winners revealed
    Learner of the Year Emma Gibbon, right, collects her award from Professor Liz Beaty, of Britain's Energy Coast Campus

    The determination of a man to help create Cumbria’s own university, a teaching assistant’s tireless dedication and a school’s efforts to promote physical activity have all been honoured.

    Euan Cartwright, Sandra Michinson and Carlisle’s Kingmoor Junior School were among the winners announced at the Golden Apple education awards tonight.

    Excellence in all areas of academia - from pre-school to apprenticeships - was rewarded during a gala celebration held at Rheged, near Penrith.

    It was a celebration of the commitment, enthusiasm and efforts people make to bring the very best out of children in classrooms, students in lecture halls and give them the best possible start to life or springboard for their chosen career.

    The awards were organised by CN Group, publishers of The Cumberland News, in association with Britain’s Energy Coast Campus and Active Travel.

    David Helliwell, editor of The Cumberland News and News & Star, said: “Reading through the entries it’s clear that our schools and other educational establishments are in very good health.

    “We have teachers and lecturers who go out of their way to do the very best for those in their care.

    “We have students determined to make the absolute most of their opportunities and we have governors, teaching assistants, nurseries and other education providers all identified as making a crucial difference to young lives. Most of all we get a message that education in its many forms remains vitally important and in this county is led by many talented and industrious individuals."

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    Mr Cartwright, of the University of Cumbria, was named as governor of the year for his voluntary contribution to the establishment. He played an instrumental part in the institution’s creation. He became vice-chairman of the board of directors when it came into being, having alrady chaired its shadow board.

    Before the University of Cumbria was formed, he was involved in higher education for 15 years as a governor and then as chairman of the Cumbria Institute of the Arts (CIA). He led its governing body through a merger and helped pull together all the stakeholders and other higher education institutions involved. The institute’s Stanwix base in Carlisle evolved to become the Brampton Road campus of the new university.

    Mr Cartwright, a former Carlisle City Council director, helped steer the university through difficult financial times and it is now on a sound footing.

    Away from education, he is chairman of Carlisle Ski Club and runs a badminton club in Brampton near his home. He has been a governor of Brampton’s William Howard School for many years.

    Ms Mitchinson, formerly of Bowness on Solway Primary School, took the teaching assistant of the year accolade.

    During work at Bowness on Solway Primary School, she proved to be a valuable point of contact for staff, children and parents. She ensured she was at work early to meet pupils when buses arrive, keeping a careful eye on youngsters as the day starts.

    In the classroom, she embraced additional duties, ensuring children are happy and learn with her commitment clearly enhancing pupils’ ability of achieving. At the after school club, she has headed a team of staff supporting parents who need it with help, organising activities ranging from archery to cookery. Sandra has also worked hard to secure funding to make sure many of these events happen.

    Carlisle’s Kingmoor Junior School were victorious in the Fit For Life category, which recognises outstanding commitment to encouraging students to be active on a regular basis.

    It boasts a specialist PE teacher supported by a PE consultant, who is also a governor of the 240-pupil school. Children are encouraged to get involved in sport or physical activity, whatever their ability.

    They include special “activate” sessions that kick off each school day and a team of playleaders, who are pupils trained to organise and lead games and playground activities in break times.

    Kingmoor also provides cycling and first aid training for all its pupils to ensure they have lifelong and lifesaving skills. Pupils also get the opportunity to take part in outdoor and adventurous activities away from school.

    Meanwhile an extensive extra-curricular timetable of sporting and physical activities gives pupils and local residents the chance to try their hand at past-times such as cricket, rugby, football, Moky and belly-dancing amongst others.

    2012 WINNERS

    Learner of the Year: Emma Gibbon, Action for Children, Workington

    Support Staff: Claire Williamson, West Lakes Academy, Egremont

    Early Years Award: Gosforth Nursery Limited, Gosforth

    Community Involvement: Daniel Young, Chetwynde School, Barrow-in-Furness

    Governor of the Year: Euan Cartwright, University of Cumbria

    Teaching Assistant of the Year: Sandra Mitchinson, formerly of Bowness on Solway Primary School

    Innovation in the Arts: Expressive Arts Department, Southfield Technology College, Workington

    Fit for Life: Kingmoor Junior School, Carlisle

    Outstanding New Teacher: Gabriella Brown, Chetwynde School, Barrow-in-Furness

    Teacher of the Year: Judith Henderson, Beckstone Primary School, Harrington, Workington

    Headteacher/Principal of the Year: Jill Byrne, Newbarns Primary School, Barrow-in-Furness

    Lecturer of the Year: Ken Seddon, Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness

    Against All Odds: Joint winners Nathan List, student, Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness; Eren Oguz, sport student, Lakes College West Cumbria, Workington

    Apprentice of the Year: Ryan Sammut-Ghigo, apprentice with Houghton-Parkhouse/Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness

    Employer of the Year: BAE Systems – Maritime Submarines, Barrow-in-Furness

    Primary School of the Year: Beckstone Primary School, Harrington, Workington

    Secondary School of the Year: Cockermouth School, Cockermouth

    Post-16 Education Provider of the Year: Lakes College West Cumbria, Workington

    Lifetime Achievement: Eddie O’Hare, Furness College, Barrow-in-Furness

    The awards ceremony was hosted by broadcaster Susanna Boccaccio with Michelle Skeer, Cumbria’s police’s assistant chief constable, the keynote speaker.

  10. Footsteps Nursery

    FOOTSTEPS Nursery has evolved from part of an old, unwanted school building to one of the area’s most recognised and talked about nurseries, according to the centre’s nominators.

    It has gone from strength to strength over the last 12 months boasting 179 children on the register and 36 staff, including a newly opened pre-school class of 42 children. It started life in 2004 with 28 children and five staff.

    The centre also accepts funded early years places for two-year-olds – providing 14 of the 17 places allocated in Workington. The staff at the nursery have worked in a “truly inspirational, integrated way” with children, parents, carers and other professionals.

    Since last year the team at the nursery have worked to improve the services and facilities at the centre including constructing a new Buz Tower and outdoor literacy and play area.

    It is the only private nursery in West Cumbria to achieve an “outstanding” in all areas following its last Ofsted inspection.

    The dedication of its staff plays a large part in that and they are regularly encouraged to take further training – 11 members of the team have now achieved further and higher education qualifications.

    One parent said: “The staff take excellent care of my child, his development since starting at the nursery is amazing. His confidence has grown so much.”