The Huddersfield Examiner today launches it first ever schools awards.

The wide-ranging awards are out to show the great work that goes on in our schools in Kirklees and Calderdale and will also pay tribute to some phenomenal teachers.

Roy Wright at the Examiner Community awards.

We want our readers to look through the categories and nominate those youngsters and staff who you think deserve the recognition they deserve.

The awards are being run by the Examiner in association with Huddersfield teacher recruitment agency Vision for Education and supported by Kirklees College and Huddersfield educational consultancy and children’s social care provider Pivot.

Examiner Schools Awards sponsor Vision for Education

Examiner editor Roy Wright said: “Whether you are a teacher, pupil or parent, this exciting and prestigious event is your chance to salute your school as we aim to find and celebrate the very best.

“From now until Friday, May 20, you can enter your school, teacher or even a project that your school has been involved in – it’s your chance to highlight the great things that happen day in and day out in our schools.”

Examiner Schools Awards sponsor Kirklees College

It’s free to enter. Simply download an entry form select a category – or more than one if it applies to your school – complete the entry form and return it to us by the deadline. It’s as easy as that!

Claire Darling, Huddersfield branch manager for education recruitment agency Vision for Education said: “As a company we work hard to provide not only an excellent service to our schools, but also to support them to enhance their pupils’ learning environment and experiences through sponsorship of activities and regular competitions.

Examiner Schools Awards sponsor Pivot

“We also know that teaching is not always an easy job. Many of our consultants have had experience teaching which helps them to understand the pressures and needs of our teachers.”

You have to be in it to win it, so if you think any of the categories apply to someone in your school, class or even your teacher, then enter before Friday May, 20.

All nominations received will be judged by our panel and the successful finalists will be revealed in The Examiner in June. All successful schools shortlisted will be invited to attend a free celebratory lunch and awards ceremony held at Kirklees College on Thursday, July 7.

Click here to download your entry form. ​Complete and return it by email to

You can also post an entry to Examiner Schools Awards, Events Department, PO Box 48, Old Hall Street, L69 3EB.

If you have any questions please call the events team on: 01474 437702, email or twitter @ExaminerSchools.


There are 11 categories for you to enter and you can enter more than one.

They are:

Healthy Living Award: For a class or whole school who makes it a priority to lead a healthy lifestyles. This could be by exercising more, drinking more water, eating healthy foods or growing vegetables to use in the kitchen.

Active Community Award: This award is for a class, year group or whole school who play an active role in their local community. It may be raising money for a local charity or getting involved in their community.

School Communication Award: Open to all schools that have an excellent communication strategy which may include print (eg school newspapers, newsletters, posters etc), online (websites or apps) and social media (such as Twitter and Facebook) in the 2015/16 academic year. Communications should involve and engage with the whole school community.

Trainee Teacher of the Year: Open to all trainee teachers on placement in Kirklees or Calderdale as part of school led or university led teacher training courses. This award will recognise the excellent teachers of the future. NQT’s should apply for the Teacher of the Year award below.

School Support Staff of the Year: This award is for any member of non-teaching staff who has played a vital role in the running of the school and the happiness and security of the children. It may be a teaching assistant, administrative staff, caretaker or any other member of support staff who make a real difference to your school.

Inspirational Teacher of the Year, in association with Vision for Education: Does your teacher inspire you? Are your children encouraged to achieve by an extra special teacher? Our teachers play a vital role in shaping the futures of our children. We are looking for a teacher who has shown constant dedication inspiring young people every day.

Headteacher of the Year: For an outstanding school leader whose guidance and leadership has helped create a dynamic learning environment where the pupils are happy and encouraged to reach their full potential.

Class of the Year: This award is for an outstanding class and their teacher. They will have worked together to really stand out in every aspect of school life, whether it be through fundraising, campaigning, excellence or simply helping to make their school a better place.

Nursery School of the Year: This will be awarded to the nursery school who, in the opinion of the judges, is an example to others. Our nursery school of the year will provide a structure of learning and care with a range of activities suitable to all.

Primary School of the Year in association with Pivot Group OR Secondary School of the Year in association with Kirklees College

These will be awarded to the Primary and Secondary Schools who, in the opinion of the judges, have had an outstanding academic year. This may be improvements in attendance levels, parent engagement or examination results. They may have made or developed or built upon partnerships in the local or business community, achieved new credentials or achieved competition success.