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Sunday, 28 December 2014

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CN Group Education and Learning Awards 2013 - winners announced

EXCELLENCE in education across Cumbria was recognised at a glittering bash on Friday evening.

The CN Group Education and Learning Awards, known as the Golden Apples, took place at Carlisle Racecourse on Friday with nominees from Ulverston and Barrow walking away with four awards.

Judges had a headache shortlisting contestants, with 50 per cent more entries than in 2012 and South Cumbria boasted an impressive 15 nominees across 19 categories.

Radio Cumbria’s Julie Clayton hosted the evening and said she was “honoured” to be surrounded by people helping to inspire Cumbria’s future.

The first South Cumbrian winner of the evening was Deborah Burrow, of Newbarns Primary School, who was named as support staff of the year.

Ms Burrow was unable to collect her award but guests heard how she’d managed to save the school thousands of pounds since her appointment in 2002.

The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Furness Education and Skills Partnership walked away with the community involvement award.

Brian Wood, of FESP, said: “I’m delighted for all the schools and colleges involved and the local businesses that have joined in to create better opportunities for Furness in the future.”

Lynda Mann, head of five to 19 education at the Royal Academy said: “We’re absolutely delighted, it’s really nice to get recognition for the work we do in Barrow.”

Richard Butler, head of music at Ulverston Victoria High School, was named as teacher of the year.

He was at the awards ceremony with his daughter Tabby who high-fived her dad in celebration.

He said: “I’m humbled and very surprised.

“It’s a shame there is only one winner – what Steve McAloone has achieved at Furness College is superb.”

South Cumbria’s final winner was Furness College. The college was named best post-16 education provider in the year its state-of-the-art £43m campus officially opened.

Ann Attwood, college principal, said: “The staff deserve the award.

“In the last two years they have made a tremendous effort to change the whole culture of post-16 learning in Furness.”

The lifetime achievement award was presented to Mick Farley, a director of Cumbria’s Learning and Skills Council who has played a key role in developing post-16 education across Cumbria.

He said: “I’ve always felt that learning has power to change people’s communities for the better.

“It’s wonderful to receive this award and a great honour.”

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