Brilliant! Schools win praise for exceptional successes
DOWNEND and Mangotsfield were among the schools recognised for educational achievements at an awards ceremony.
The evening event, hosted by South Gloucestershire Council, was to celebrate the outstanding educational achievements and successes over the past year of more than 100 secondary school pupils and staff.
The winners and guests, including parents and carers, were invited to Aerospace Bristol for the South Gloucestershire Secondary Education Awards 2018, which acknowledged the hard work of youngsters across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. The authority also recognised the dedication of teachers and staff who helped make this possible.
Teachers and school staff award winners included Downend School’s Caroline Baxter, who was nominated to receive the award on behalf of their Student Support Centre, which was set up in January and has been hugely successful in providing a central point of contact for students and staff for a wide range of pastoral issues.
The school said: "The support provided has enabled many of our most vulnerable students to achieve significant success in school."
There were a total of 118 award winners, covering 18 different schools across South Gloucestershire.
Those receiving awards were nominated directly by their peers and heads in each of the schools. The categories covered were outstanding progress, outstanding contribution to a school and the wider community, and also staff who have made an exceptional contribution to improving outcomes.
Certificates and £50 Mall gift vouchers were presented to each winner by guest speaker, Commonwealth Games gold medallist gymnast and Strictly Come Dancing semi-finalist, Claudia Fragapane.
Claudia, from Longwell Green, said: "It was fantastic to be part of this celebratory event and so inspiring to hear more about all the academic successes of those attending. The students and teachers have clearly worked really hard and deserve this recognition."
Council leader Toby Savage said: "Education standards are one of the administration’s highest priorities. I am delighted to see this wonderful event return after a four year hiatus to recognise some truly outstanding young people, teachers and staff from across South Gloucestershire as the positive role models they are.A massive well done to all our winners this evening, you are a testament to the fact that, whatever level of study you are in, having the right attitude and working hard always pays off."