School winners an inspiration

ALL that is great about the borough’s schools was celebrated at the inaugural Educations Awards.

The event, the first of its kind in the borough, was held at the impressive St John Rigby College campus on Orrell. The College also sponsored the evening organised in conjunction with the Wigan Observer, Wigan Evening Post and Leigh Reporter.

Wigan Education Awards held at St John Rigby College - Debbie Astley from Rathbone presents the Highly Commended in the Secondary School Pupil of the Year Award to Craig and Jason Rose and Ella Masri of Bedford High School

Wigan Education Awards held at St John Rigby College - Debbie Astley from Rathbone presents the Highly Commended in the Secondary School Pupil of the Year Award to Craig and Jason Rose and Ella Masri of Bedford High School

More than 200 guests, including the Mayor Coun Phyll Cullen and her consort Terry Cullen, Coun Sue Loudon, former Chairman of the Children and Young People Committee and her successor, Coun Joanne Platt, head teachers, teachers, parents and pupils.

Before and during the ceremony guests were entertained by St John Rigby students Tom Bennett and Sophie Waring.

Opening the event and welcoming everyone to his college, St John Rigby principal Peter McGee said it was important to value pupils, raise expectations and recognise the talents of both pupils and staff.

Wigan Observer Editor, Janet Wilson said “As these awards have shown, excellent schools are not all about exams. They are about providing happy, safe environments where children can learn and develeop and make friendships that last a lifetime.

“Talking to friends and family who live outside the area, and who struggle to find even one good school, we are incredibly lucky to have so many on our doorstep.

I know this and so does everyone in this room. But in the past we have been reluctant to blow our own trumpet. We just quietly get on with it, that’s the Wigan way.

Hopefully these inaugural Education awards will change all that. This evening we’ve been inspired and motivated by all that is good in the borough. Long may it continue.”

She also thanked the award sponsors, Edge Hill University, Arnold Clark, Wigan & Leigh College, Wigan Athletic, Sainsbury’s, Rathbone, Smyths Toys, Junior Chefs Academy, WST Tours, and of course St John Rigby for their support.