Winners

The 2023
Milton Keynes Education Awards Winners

THIS YEAR’S CATEGORIES & WINNERS

MATHS TEAM/TEACHER OF THE YEAR – SPONSORED BY J SWEENEY ACCOUNTANTS

Lewis Kaye

Lord Grey Academy

The motto of Lord Grey Academy is Lord Grey Can and that is lived and breathed through all aspects of everyday life at the school. The staff ensure that every student has access to an outstanding education and is given the best life opportunities possible. The maths faculty has continued to improve its results, seeing an increase of over 20% last year. That brings them in line with the national average, despite students often being significantly below average when they join in Year 7, and with one student going on to study maths at Cambridge – a huge achievement.

ENGLISH TEAM/TEACHER OF THE YEAR – SPONSORED BY TICK EDUCATION

Gemma Williamson

The Hazeley Academy

Gemma Williamson is inspirational and compassionate and demands a high level of attention and contribution in lessons in return for the highest level of teaching. Not only is she passionate about English but she looks at the child as a whole and works with each individual to get the most out of them in the way she knows best. She is always approachable, no matter the issue and is always there to help. She is described as a firm but fair, strong and compassionate teacher who gives young people the confidence to believe in their own abilities.

SPORTS AWARD – SPONSORED BY MK DONS SET

New Bradwell Young Leaders

New Bradwell School

A group of Year 5 and Year 6 students give up their lunchtime almost every day to run games and activities for other children. After collecting their whistles, stopwatches and equipment, they then come up with new and fun games and sports to help make sure other children stay fit and healthy, while at the same time developing their own leadership skills. They have not only inspired the children to be more active, they have also encouraged the staff to get out and get actively involved, making the whole lunchtime experience a great one for every single child.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY AWARD – SPONSORED BY E-ENERGY

Glebe Farm School

Inspiring Futures through Learning multi-academy trust

Glebe Farm School was designed and built with the environment in mind, with Milton Keynes City Council aiming for the entire site to have minimal impact on the environment. To ensure that happened, it appointed the Inspiring Futures Through Learning Academy Trust to influence the design and end result. That outcome includes weaving sustainability into every aspect of the curriculum, an IFTLA Youth Parliament to promote eco-friendly efforts, a Bikeability programme, a grow-your-own space and promotion of a more sustainable lifestyle.

SEND SCHOOL OF THE YEAR – SPONSORED BY ISSURED

The Walnuts School

A specialist school for young people from four to 19 years old, The Walnuts School has gone from strength to strength over the past few years. The journey has included improvements to the nurture rooms, sensory gardens, role play village, soft-play rooms and sensory rooms, and a new site is has been developed for students with more complex needs. Educationally, the school has developed a three-stranded pathway and improved education outcomes for all, with a vast majority of students now exceeding targets, improving their aspirations for the future.

STEM AWARD – SPONSORED BY SMC CORPORATION

The Bletchley Park Learning Team

Bletchley Park

The Bletchley Park Learning Team go to great lengths to pass on their enthusiasm for STEM to all visitors, inspiring students with the achievements of the codebreakers and their relevance to today’s world. The learning programme looks at the historical aspect, and combines that with sessions specifically on modern issues such as cyber security, online protection, data security and the future of encryption. The dedicated learning space makes an exciting and real contribution to young people whose access to STEM opportunities has been challenged in recent years.

SCHOOL BUSINESS MANAGER OF THE YEAR – SPONSORED BY NEVES

Sally Seminerio

White Spire School

Sally has been the beating heart of White Spire for over 18 years. The kindness, care and love for her community is endless. During Covid, she linked the school up with FareShare, delivering parcels from their food bank. Sally was also instrumental in lowering the price of school meals to £1 a day, and she has organised flowers, cards and gifts to mark events both happy and difficult. This is in addition to her day job where she oversees recruitment of amazing staff, and leads and manages the admin, maintenance and kitchen teams with skill and aplomb. Sally presents an approachable, reliable, empathetic face to all who interact with the White Spire community.

HEADTEACHER OF THE YEAR – SPONSORED BY ARKLE FINANCE

Finlay Douglas

White Spire School

Finlay Douglas wants the best for the children in his care, and has made a significant difference to White Spire School over the past few years. Backed by a very good leadership team, he’s raised aspirations for all, giving staff the time and space to do their jobs properly, so that they can help each and every student believe in themselves, supporting them individually and meeting their specific needs. Finlay’s integrity, patience, humour and dedication has help to create a school where both pupils and staff can feel highly valued and respected.

PRIMARY SCHOOL OF THE YEAR – SPONSORED BY KIP MCGRATH

Knowles Primary School

Knowles Primary School is truly a school that goes above and beyond to provide opportunities for children to achieve both academically and beyond the classroom. Last year, the school achieved results well above national average in every area from EYFS to Year 6 and is on course to do the same again this year. Beyond academic results, Knowles Primary School provides outstanding personal development, enrichment, trips and visits to all children, including the Big Hearts Big Dreams programme that provides all children with the all the key experiences that define a childhood.

SECONDARY SCHOOL OF THE YEAR – SPONSORED BY SH PRATT

Lord Grey Academy

Lord Grey Academy has gone from strength to strength in the four years since becoming part of Tove Learning Trust. Last year’s academic results saw a 20% increase in Basics and the school’s best-ever A Level results. The motto of Lord Grey Can is embodied in all aspects of everyday life and inclusivity is paramount. The school ensures that every student has access to an outstanding education and is given the best life opportunities. Lord Grey Academy focuses on knowing each of the students and their individual needs and, by developing purposeful and personal relationships, guide them to achieve their full potential.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT – SPONSORED BY QUEENSBURY

Stuart Hoggard

Lord Grey Academy

Stuart Hoggard has been with the school for more than 30 years, most of that time spent preparing students for life after they leave Sixth Form and supporting them through their next steps. Lord Grey is in the bottom quintile for higher education but recent years have seen a significant movement in the measure of young people going on to HE, evidence of the difference that Stuart has made. Despite now only being employed two days a week, he spends far more time than that on preparation and paperwork, and always has time to stop and check on colleagues, with people from all over the school going to see him because they know he will listen, question sagely and act where appropriate.

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