Marshside Primary School in Southport has won the Sefton School Of The Year Award, sponsored by Southport College, at the 2023 Pride Of Sefton Awards. Photo by Kevin Brown Photography

Nominations are being sought to discover the Sefton School Of The Year, sponsored by Southport College

The Grand Pride Of Sefton Awards 2024 would love to hear your suggestions for primary and secondary schools from across Sefton. 

The awards will take place at The Grand on Lord Street in Southport on Friday 26th April 2024. 

Please submit your entry or email your nominations to:

Please submit your reasons why, with nominations going before a judging panel to find the very best in our borough. 

Last year’s winner was the “little school with a big heart and big ambitions’.

Marshside Primary School in Southport was honoured for having a huge impact on the life of students, families and staff at the school, as well as on the local community. 

Lockdown was a tough time for children, families and staff. But Headteacher Mrs Sandland,  Deputy Headteacher Mrs McKenna and their staff provided regular updates and humorous videos through the school Dojo App to keep everyone informed with useful information, home activities, communication and to keep friendships going.
Next they launched a campaign to buy and equip a big red double decker school bus which is now used as a really fun local library – mainly for the pupils but for local residents too. 

Marshside Primary School in Southport has won the Sefton School Of The Year Award, sponsored by Southport College, at the 2023 Pride Of Sefton Awards. Photo by Kevin Brown Photography

Maricourt Catholic High School in Maghull, a Finalist, put health and wellbeing at the top of its agenda in the aftermath of the Covid pandemic. 

The school created a RESET Hub which is a space to do exactly that – a base where students can access support, including a careers advisor to support aspirations. 

Maricourt won the Times Education Supplement Award for Pupil Mental Health Initiative of the Year Award 2022 for its whole school project based on ‘Call it Out’ which was centred on equality, anti-bullying and social justice. 

The second Finalist, St John’s Primary in Crossens faced huge adversity in the year before the 2023 awards with six staff members either battling cancer or caring for and losing loved ones to cancer. 

Everyone at the school rallied round the staff and the children, who were enveloped with love and support. 

Their school values are JOY – Jesus, others, yourself. The school embodies these values and constantly spreads JOY around the local community.

Thomas Ralphs, a pupil at Marshside Primary School in Southport, got an early Christmas treat when two of his Everton FC heroes surprised him midway through a school carol rehearsal. Photo by Everton FC

The search has now begun to find the Sefton School Of The Year in the 2024 Pride Of Sefton Awards.

Schools are brilliant at getting involved in local issues. But which ones have gone further to really improve the world around them? We’d love to honour those that have.

This category is being sponsored by Southport College

The award isn’t just about academic performance, but about the role our schools play in the local community, supporting the borough’s young people and families. 

The college looks forward to recognising the hard work and dedication of Sefton’s educators at this prestigious event.

Southport College Assistant Principal Stephen Musa said: 

“At Southport College, we believe that education is the foundation for a successful future. 

“That’s why we’re thrilled to once again sponsor the ‘School of the Year’ award and recognise the achievements of outstanding schools in our community. 

“We are excited to honour the hard work and dedication of our schools, who have supported (and still do) so many children and families over the past few, very difficult, years.”

People and groups who go above and beyond to make Sefton a special place for all will be presented with their trophies and given thanks in the Princess Grace Suite at The Grand on Lord Street in Southport town centre on Friday, 28th April 2023. 

The unmissable night in the Merseyside events calendar will be presented by actress and radio personality Claire Simmo, and supported by Media Partner In Demand Radio

All those on the shortlist will be invited to a special celebratory meal in beautiful surroundings while the awards are presented, with a night of entertainment planned. 

The first ever Pride Of Sefton Awards are being organised by Mikhail Hotel and Leisure Group and Stand Up For Southport

Nominations are still being invited across all 13 categories ahead of the closing date on 22nd 2023. 

We are looking for nominations, across Southport, Formby, Crosby, Bootle, Maghull and elsewhere in the borough of Sefton. 

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