Search is on for the best in the Free Press education awards

DFP Best in Education Awards 2013. All the winners. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
DFP Best in Education Awards 2013. All the winners. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

We have launched our search for the borough’s best teachers and pupils who really are top of the class.

The Doncaster Free Press and South Yorkshire Times have launched our 2014 Best in Schools Awards and now we want you to tell us who you think should be honoured.

Best in Education Awards logo.

Best in Education Awards logo.

This year there are 16 awards up for grabs which are designed to recognise the great work that goes on in Doncaster’s schools.

Whether it’s a lunch time assistant who always goes the extra mile, a headteacher who has helped a school to improve or a devoted teacher that gives it their all - we want to know who helps to make your school stand out.

We are also looking to recognise exceptional pupils, sports players and teams as well as the best breakfast or after-school club in the borough.

Last year’s awards were a great success and now we want you to play your part and make the 2014 contest even better,

Chris Burton, group editor of South Yorkshire Newspapers said: “Everyday staff and pupils go that extra mile and show real dedication in achieving the highest standards possible.

“The Best In Schools Awards celebrate everything that is great about school life and will reward the inspirational people from across the Doncaster area who work within the education sector.

“You can play your part by nominating someone you feel is deserving of an award so I would encourage as many people as possible to put forward their nominations.” Further and higher education centre, Doncaster College, charity Refurnish and the recently promoted Doncaster Knights have already signed up to sponsor the prestigious awards, but we still have sponsor space available for any businesses wanting to take part.

The closing date for nominations is Friday, May 23, and all nominees will be invited to attend our glittering awards ceremony on June 16.

It’s free to nominate. Simply email or alternatively you can send your entries by post to Doncaster Free Press, Best in Schools Awards, 39 Printing Office Street, Doncaster, DN1 1TN.

Anyone wishing to sponsor a category should also contact Haroldine on the details listed above.

The categories for the Free Press Best in Schools Awards are:

Most Improved Student Award

Do you know someone who has perhaps not always found academia easy but strives to succeed and has improved their grades throughout the school year? Are they on course for excellent results in the future?

Best Lunch-time Assistant of the Year

The judges are looking for that special member of staff who regularly serves up a slice of sunshine in their role, whether providing tasty, nutritious meals in the canteen or helping outside in the playground, ensuring pupils are happy and safe during their lunch-breaks.

Most Environmental School of the Year - sponsored by Refurnish

The judges are looking for the school that proves they are making a difference to the environment within their local school and community.

Best Caretaker of the Year

In this category it is, of course, essential that nominees maintain their school buildings to the highest of standards but the judges are also looking for staff who aren’t afraid to go the extra mile and who always have a spare minute to help pupils or colleagues in need, however unusual their requests.

Best Secretary/Admin Assistant

Judges will be looking at the importance of the people who are the first point of contact in schools: the organisation, the communication and all the small things that help make the school run that sometimes go unnoticed.

Best Sports Team of the Year

This award is aimed at recognising the borough’s budding athletes, who not only set out to achieve great things on the pitch or field but also display true sporting grit, team effort and sportsmanship.

Best Individual Sports Player of the Year - sponsored by Doncaster Knights

This award is aimed at individuals, who display true sporting grit and sportsmanship in addition to achieving great things on the pitch or field and have the ambition and drive to be the best.

Best Volunteer of the Year

For the star that shines the brightest among the army of kind-hearted people regularly giving up their time to help out in the town’s schools. The judges are looking for someone for who nothing is too much trouble and whose generous efforts have changed the lives of those around them.

Best Teacher of the Year

The panel is looking for individuals who inspire devotion and respect from their students in equal measure, as well as forging strong relationships with parents and going beyond the call of duty to improve school life inside and outside the classroom.

Best Breakfast Or After-schools Club of the Year

We are looking for the popularity of the club, the number of children it attracts and the impact it made on its members and their parents in order to whittle down the impressive nominees.

Best Teaching Assistant of the Year - sponsored by Doncaster College

The judges would like to reward the adaptable, hardworking people who make teachers lives easier with their constant support, while improving the learning experience for our district’s youngsters and in many cases providing invaluable help for pupils with special needs and producing dramatic results.

Best Crossing Patrol Person

The judges are looking for that special person who keeps you safe on the roads on the way to school. Why not tell us about the best crossing patrol person you know.

Best Headteacher of the Year

The judges are hoping to hear tales of inspirational leaders who have turned schools around, of heads who thrive on daily challenges and those who enthuse staff as well as pupils to give 100 per cent.