Awards shortlist is ‘achievement’

Gosberton Primary School pupils celebrate after the Phoenix Federation was shortlisted for two Times Education Supplement Awards. Pictured with the children are assistant head teacher Bridget MacPherson (left) and executive head teacher Carol Clare. DD 090511004 To buy this picture visit www.photostoday.co.uk.
Gosberton Primary School pupils celebrate after the Phoenix Federation was shortlisted for two Times Education Supplement Awards. Pictured with the children are assistant head teacher Bridget MacPherson (left) and executive head teacher Carol Clare. DD 090511004 To buy this picture visit www.photostoday.co.uk.

CELEBRATIONS are already underway at two Boston area primary schools…and they haven’t even won an award yet!

But being shortlisted in the highly-coveted Times Education Supplement Awards is very much an achievement in itself.

And the Phoenix Federation – made up of Park and Gosberton primary schools – has done just that being shortlisted for the third time, this time in two categories.

Leading the way is Gosberton, which is competing for the title of Outstanding Primary School of the Year.

The federation has then also been shortlisted in the Outstanding Business Management or Finance Team Award category.

Executive head teacher Carol Clare said: “This is the third time we have been finalists in these awards – to be a finalist in one category once in a school lifetime is an achievement in itself.

“To have succeeded to shortlisting for the third time in a row, in two categories, speaks volumes about the high levels which the schools are operating at.

“The judges look for evidence of practice over and above that which is the norm and we have clearly met these criteria.”

A banner announcing the short-listing already proudly adorns the school gates at Gosberton Primary School.

But staff and pupils associated with the federation now face an anxious wait to see if they will enjoy ultimate success.

They will find out if they are winners at a ceremony in London on July 8.

In the Outstanding Primary School of the Year category Gosberton are up against Drove Primary in Swindon, King Solomon Academy Primary in London, Old Park Primary in Telford, Pilgrim CofE Primary in Rochester and Ysgol Glane Gele Infants in Conwy, Wales.

Meanwhile, in the management and finance category the federation faces competition from Corpus Christi Catholic Sports College in Preston, Haydon Wick Primary in Swindon, Monteney Primary in Sheffield, Neston Primary in Neston and St John Bosco Arts College in Liverpool.

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