Thursday 11th July 2019 was a night to remember as the first Northamptonshire Education Awards took place in an exclusive marquee at Old Northamptonians Rugby Football Club.
It was clear from the arrival that the evening was going to be special. Welcome drinks and the opportunity to network in the sunshine set the scene before heading into the spectacular marquee, lit in branding of the awards and set off with a twinkle roof. The evening began with All Things Business’ Co-Founder, Ben Thomas, explaining his vision of bridging the gap between business and education. After the success of the Northamptonshire Business Awards in 2018 - the vision was to deliver a spectacular awards ceremony that celebrated the amazing teachers and schools we have in Northamptonshire. The awards recognised fantastic schools, departments and individuals within the education sector. Shining a spotlight on the hard working, talented teams in our county, the people who work hard for our community and those who inspire others.
Ben expressed: “There is a dis-connect between Northamptonshire’s local education and local business community. I can’t change the world, but I do believe that my colleagues and I can help bridge this gap. Northamptonshire is a fantastic place to work, live, play and importantly, learn. The dedicated individuals here this evening are teaching pupils today whom will be the employees and Managing Directors of tomorrow. So, let’s help each other and aid our next generation with the best possible tools and learning experiences!”
The Northampton Education Awards judging process is totally independent. All award entries were scored against set criteria and marked through a bespoke software-based scoring system before finalists were selected. The judging process was totally independent from the organisers and category sponsors. Once the finalists were announced an independent board finally reviewed and select the winner from each category.
Back to the evening itself, which included a delicious ‘school dinner’ themed meal which consisted of sausage and mash and jam roly poly. The presenter of the evening was the inspiring Matthew Burton, star of Educating Yorkshire. You may remember Matthew from the memorable episode of the Channel 4 programme, where he helped a young boy called Musharaf overcome his stutter. His speech on the night was truly inspiring and recognised how special teachers truly are.
He said: “Tonight has been brilliant. Northamptonshire clearly has a very dedicated and passionate education sector which is great to see.”
The worthy winners of the evening were:
Northampton School for Girls
Northampton School for Boys
Claire Griffiths of Henry Chichele School
Andy Burton from Kingswood Secondary Academy
Billing Brook School
Pen Green Centre for Children and their Families
Greenfields Primary School
Richard Vandersteen from Guilsborough School Academy Trust
Northampton School for Boys
A full write up of the Education Awards 2019 will be in the August Edition of All Things Business and a full gallery of photos will follow, so keep an eye out!