Thurlow and Clare teachers among those nominated for excellence awards

Thurlow head Vicky Hogg Head after leading the school to get a 'Good' Ofsted grading
Thurlow head Vicky Hogg Head after leading the school to get a 'Good' Ofsted grading

Teachers from Thurlow and Clare are among over 180 of Suffolk’s best education professionals, support staff, governors, non executives and hard working young people to nominated for an award to recognise their efforts.

The inaugural Raising the Bar Awards, launched by Suffolk County Council, will celebrate success and endeavour as a way of sharing the best practice.

Nominations have been received for all 12 categories and as interest is so high the deadline has been extended to February 28.

The winners will be announced in March.

Thurlow Primary School head Vicky Hogg has been nominated by the chair of governors, who told judges that she deserves the award for Excellence in Achievement because she has ‘turned a failing school with no direction and with performance in the bottom quartile of all SATS measures into an Ofsted-recognised ‘good’ school in under a year. The school has recently received good key stage two results – an achievement the governors are proud of.

Claire Kent, from Clare, has been nominated for the Innovation in Education Skills section.

In the last three years she set up Forest School, working with schools to help youngsters who are struggling to fulfil their potential achieve that through working outdoors.

Dr Alaric Pugh, who nominated her, said: “She’s gone from being a teaching advisor to entrepreneur through mentoring and is focused on resolving the most difficult parts of our education failings.”

Councillor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for education, skills and young people, said: “Whether you value a brilliant member of staff , a governor, or the impact of a member of the community has made, or are proud of a young person’s determination to learn and their achievement, the Raising the Bar judges want to hear from you.

“Individuals and groups who have made a significant contribution to delivering high quality education in our county, who are raising standards and aspiration should receive the recognition they deserve.

“By celebrating success, we hope to raise awareness of the impact these achievements are making across the county and see best practice adopted more widely.

“Nominations are coming in thick and fast which is excellent news for those who deserve the recognition.”

The awards categories are:

– Innovation in Education and Skills

– Excellence in Achievement

– Teaching Excellence

– Educational Leader of the Year

– Visionary Management

– Governor, Trustee or Non-Executive of the Year

– Partnership in Education (Sponsored by East of England Co-op)

– Support Staff of the Year

– Young Person of the Year (three awards based on age groups)

– Business Partner of the Year Sponsored by Spring

– Volunteer of the Year Sponsored by Mark Harrod

– Significant Contribution to Education in Suffolk

The awards are open to all publicly-funded educational establishments including Early Years Foundation Stage providers through to colleges within Suffolk.

Nominations can be made by anyone (teachers, support staff, governors, parents, pupils, community members) and can be self nominations or nominations of others.

To make a nomination or to find out more about the criteria for each award, please visit:

Nominations close at 1pm on February 28.

Business leaders are backing the Raising the Bar Awards by agreeing to sponsor them.

The East of England Co-op is this year’s headline sponsor.

Nick Champion, from the Co-op, said: “The East of England Co-operative Society has been local and independent for over 140 years. Supporting young people in achieving their potential is right at the heart of what we are about and these awards are about celebrating success in this area.

“There are so many passionate, hard working people in the education sector and these awards recognise the efforts everyone makes to work together in true co-operative style.”

There are opportunities for other businesses to get involved in the Raising the Bar Awards.

Contact Simon Hazelgrove on 01502 726161 or for more information.

For all the latest news see Thursday’s (February 13) Echo.