IT has been another emotional night at our second Warrington Guardian School Awards. 

We asked you to nominate a top teacher who goes the extra mile or a promising pupil who has achieved their goals and we were overwhelmed with entries. 

Our panel of judges made some tough decisions to choose tonight's winners who were all awarded during a special ceremony at the Village Hotel. 

For pictures and interviews with all the winners, don't miss next week's Warrington Guardian.

Roll of honour 2017>

1. EARLY YEARS AWARD sponsored by Sport4Kids

Sandy Lane Nursery and Forest School

Parents told us each member of staff is a credit to the nursery – never giving less than 100 per cent while expecting nothing in return. 


Russell Wood

According to his curriculum leader, he goes above and beyond every day and gives up his free time to help in the kitchen, not because he has to, but because he has such a passion for the industry.

3. TEACHING ASSISTANT OF THE YEAR sponsored by The 21st Century Leadership Company

Elizabeth Lyons from Statham Lodge Primary School in Lymm

Several parents took the time to send in a nomination for this year’s recipient, describing how the children trust and confide in her and that she is always there to listen. 

4. TEACHER OF THE YEAR sponsored by Warrington Teaching School Alliance

Danielle Walker from Sacred Heart Primary School

With nearly 50 teachers nominated in this category alone, it was no easy task for our judges to decide on one overall winner.

But they said Danielle stood out above the rest for being adored by pupils and parents alike.

5. INNOVATION AWARD sponsored by Priestley College

Culcheth High School

For their work promoting positive mental health, reducing the stigma attached to mental illness and to signpost to all young people across the region how they can access the support being offered.

6. CLASS OF THE YEAR sponsored by TutorRight

Year three at Penketh South Primary School

This year’s Class of the Year are ‘simply amazing’ according to their ‘super proud’ teacher after giving their full support to class friend Jenson Wright who has been battling cancer.

7. PUPIL OF THE YEAR sponsored by Warrington Disability Partnership

Evie Chapman

Our pupil of the year has had an incredibly difficult start to life.

The year one pupil at Green Lane School and has Dravet syndrome, uncontrollable epilepsy and lost her twin sister in 2015 but teachers said she doesn't let her difficulties hold her back. 

8. UNSUNG HERO AWARD sponsored by UK Hearing Care 

John Railton from Appleton Thorn Primary School. 

Described as a role model to pupils who always goes the extra mile, he continues to play an integral role in the school’s fundraising events.

9. HEAD TEACHER OF THE YEAR sponsored by The Classroom Partnership

Jane Evans of Locking Stumps Primary School

Our head teacher of the year was described as a ‘tower of strength’ after seven-year-old pupil Ciaran Latham-Geddes collapsed and died from a cardiac arrest while playing football. 

 She is described as a ‘truly inspirational lady who excels in every aspects of the school’s needs’ and ‘goes above and beyond’. 

10. LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT sponsored by Warrington Borough Council

Marion Phillips

This year’s winner has been an inspiration to hundreds of children, having given more than 30 years dedication to early years education at Oughtrington Pre-School in Lymm. 

11. SCHOOL OF THE YEAR sponsored by South Lakes Safari

Stockton Heath Primary School

This is a school that faced an uphill battle from special measures into the flourishing school it continues to be today.

Driven by strong leadership and passionate teaching staff, judges said it fosters a positive atmosphere and excitement for new ways of learning that is contagious