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2023 Winners

Stuart Hoggard

Lifetime Achievement
The judges felt that both finalists demonstrated a long-term commitment to their profession; however, the winner of the Lifetime Achievement category has consistently gone above and beyond what is expected of them, enhancing young people’s futures and increasing their life chances.

Lord Grey Academy

Secondary School of the Year
The judges saw, in this entry, a school that is proud of its results and the progress that has been made, but which is also a school that is not driven by academic results alone and which puts emphasis on how the students become well-rounded, value-driven determined adults.

Knowles Primary School

Primary School of the Year
Among an incredibly competitive field, there were a couple of stand-out entrants, but the judging panel was impressed by this school’s focus on promoting individual learning experiences which keeping a focus on enjoying childhood.

Finlay Douglas

Headteacher of the Year
Firstly, the judges were impressed by the strengths of each of the finalists, but the winner was someone who stood out for their track record of excellent leadership, as demonstrated by a thorough 360-degree view provided by feedback from students, staff, parents and inspectors.

Sally Seminerio

School Business Manager of the Year
What the judges found outstanding was how far this individual goes for the school and the community at large, and is the pivot for so much that happens in and around the school. They always know what to do, whatever the situation.

The Bletchley Park Learning Team

STEM Award
The judges felt that this finalist demonstrated how effective it can be to engage young people in the core STEM subjects in a creative way by providing quality learning with a focus on real-life applications.

The Walnuts School

SEND School of the Year
The winner has recognised the importance of preparing young people for adult life, employability and training. They have raised awareness of the importance of engaging with the wider community and have significantly improved the aspirations and outcomes for the children in their care.

Glebe Farm School

Environmental and Sustainability Award
This award recognizes the importance of education in promoting environmental sustainability. The judges found this entrant’s values and achievements impressive, offering a glimpse into a promising future for the 21st Century and beyond..

New Bradwell Young Leaders

Sports Award
The judges were extremely impressed with this school, where leadership is important, involvement is everything and the commitment to sport and to encouraging everyone to take part is paramount.

Gemma Williamson

English Team/Teacher of the Year
This was a very tight contest as both nominees displayed strength, commitment and demonstrated extremely positive results. However, the judges felt that the testimonial submitted by the parent of a child taught by the winner was powerful, compelling, and showcased an overwhelming commitment to the furtherance of the students.

Lewis Kaye

Maths Team/Teacher of the Year
They said although it was a difficult decision, this finalist stood out as having very high expectations for all their students, always encouraging them and instilling a love of maths as well as producing results to be proud of.
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The Independent Judges

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Dr. Julie Mills – OBE DL

Julie is an accomplished educator with a career spanning 35 years. She holds a Doctorate from the Open University, focusing on Prison Education. Julie’s journey in education began as a part-time teacher in adult education and eventually led her to become the Chief Executive of the Milton Keynes College Group. She has also led the College’s Prison Education Team and successfully collaborated with prominent employers to establish The South Central Institute of Technology in Bletchley. Julie’s contributions to education were recognised with an OBE in 2019. She continues to advocate for inclusion and social mobility through her involvement with organisations like the Helena Kennedy Foundation and Women Leaders UK. Julie’s achievements were celebrated with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022 and she was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire in 2023.

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Ranjit Singh

Ranjit is Philanthropy Director at MK Community Foundation and is proud to be supporting the community of Milton Keynes by engaging philanthropists, both corporate and individual, to invest in their local community. He has a broad range of experience in both the charitable and corporate sectors. Ranjit is also a co-founder of the Milton Keynes Ethnic Business Community, a network connecting, empowering and raising the profiles of ethnic minority businesses owners and professionals.

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Iain Standen – FRSA

Iain Standen became the CEO of the Bletchley Park Trust in 2012 after a successful career in the British Army. He served in various locations and held positions of command, specialising in communications and intelligence. He has a strong educational background, with degrees in Geography, Military Studies, and Military History. Iain has a deep passion for history and has been a battlefield guide for many years, leading tours in different countries. He is involved in various professional organisations and serves as a Director of Destination Milton Keynes. Under his leadership, Bletchley Park has undergone significant restoration and has become a popular destination, attracting over 250,000 visitors annually. The Trust has also developed an acclaimed learning programme, accommodating around 35,000 students each year, with plans to increase this number to 50,000 in the near future.

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