Star of The Sea Primary School in Southport was a Finalist in the 2024 Sefton School Of The Year, sponsored by Southport College, at the Grand Pride Of Sefton Awards. Photo by Kevin Brown Photography

A “small but amazing school” that goes “above and beyond for all their pupils” has been honoured at the 2024 Grand Pride Of Sefton Awards.

Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School in Seaforth was congratulated on being named as a Finalist at a glittering night of celebration at The Grand in Southport. 

There were several nominations for the school, on Kepler Street in Seaforth, in a competitive category, sponsored by Southport College, that saw over 1,3000 submissions for this year’s awards as a whole. 

One nomination said: “Wow well what can I say about this school, they go above and beyond for all their pupils and families.

“It’s a small school but an amazing school. My daughter started going to the baby group there from two weeks old and one of my daughters had bowel condition and when she was attending the school nursery she needed to have a stoma bag fitted. As you can imagine as a parent this was hard wondering how she would cope in school. I didn’t have to worry before she got her stoma the staff ensured us that Jessica would be ok. Five members of staff in Nursery and Reception put themselves forward to be medically trained up to deal with a stoma and they even raised awareness in the school making my daughter accept her stoma and gave her so much confidence.

The Pride Of Sefton Awards at the Grand in Southport. Photo by Kevin Brown Photograohy

The Pride Of Sefton Awards at the Grand in Southport. Photo by Kevin Brown Photograohy

“My daughter is in Year 4 now and at least 10 members of staff are trained up and each stoma awareness day they wear purple and help educate about stoma and they raise money for stoma charities.

“They also provide amazing mental health support for all children in the school.

“They are like one big family; they really do go above and beyond for the children and families attending.

“Being an inclusive school is what we need in Sefton, having a school that is willing to provide the support for each child and supporting their medical needs is really important and this school does all of that. They really are superheroes each and everyone of the staff.” 

Another nomination said: “Our Lady Star of the Sea primary School, Seaforth is an amazing school where our children always feel safe. The staff go out of their way to raise money for new items in the school.”

Another nomination said: “This small mainstream school is very special. It is inclusive and accepts and supports children to a very high standard. 

“They go out of their way to support all pupils and families and they are very passionate about raising awareness to support pupils in their school with disabilities and invisible disabilities.

“The school always gives their all to supports everyone nothing is to much trouble from friendly reception / admin staff to caring teachers and TAs.

“The support is incredible in every area and this school really deserves to be awarded / noticed for what they do.” 

The 2024 Pride Of Sefton Awards saw 13 categories on the night at The Grand in Southport, with incredible stories behind all the finalists. 

There were over 1,300 nominations for community figures from Southport, Bootle, Crosby, Formby, Maghull and across Sefton. 

The Grand Pride Of Sefton Awards were organised by Mikhail Hotel and Leisure Group and Stand Up For Southport in association with media partners In Demand Radio

The night was hosted by In Demand Radio presenter Claire Simmo, with entertainment from Whitney Houston tribute performer Michelle Lawson, soul singer Dave Broe and DJ Baz Todd. 

As Sefton celebrates its 50th birthday, VIP guests attending the awards included Sefton Council Leader Cllr Marion Atkinson; Mayor of Sefton Cllr June Burns; and council Chief Executive Phil Porter. 

Also enjoying the evening were boxing world title challenger Martin Murray and Liverpool FC legend Gary Gillespie. 

Pictures on the night were taken by Kevin Brown Photography with videography by Zack Downey from ZED Productions

Fundraising took place on the night with proceeds going to ICU Steps, the intensive care patient support charity. 



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