Finalists announced for Church School Awards 2012

Ten regional winners have been announced for the second annual Church School Awards. The awards will be presented at a special Gala this summer, which will be hosted by Children's TV Presenter Kirsten O'Brien, to be held in London on 28th June.

Schools from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland were judged on how they foster strong community relations, both locally and nationally. More than 250 schools applied to take part and the finalists were chosen from a shortlist of more than 100 schools.

The Regional Winners are:

NE and East Anglia Primary - Wilberfoss CE VA Primary School, York (Anglican Diocese of York)
NE and East Anglia Secondary - Notre Dame High School, Norwich (RC Diocese of East Anglia)
NW and Northern Ireland Primary - St Comgall's Catholic Primary School, Bangor, County Down (RC Diocese of Down and Connor)
NW and Northern Ireland Secondary - Trinity CE School, Carlisle (Anglican Diocese of Carlisle)
Midlands Primary - Queniborough CE Primary School, Leicestershire (Anglican Diocese of Leicester)
Midlands Secondary - The National Church of England Academy, Nottingham (Anglican Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham)
SW and Wales Primary - Durweston CE VA Primary School, Dorset (Anglican Diocese of Salisbury)
SW and Wales Secondary - Corpus Christi Catholic High School, Cardiff (RC Archdiocese of Cardiff)
London and SE Primary - Parish Church CE Junior School, Croydon (Anglican Diocese of Southwark)
London and SE Secondary - Kent College, Canterbury (Methodist Independent Schools)

Special Commendations:

St John Houghton Catholic School, Ilkeston (Midlands Secondary)
St Andrew's CE/Methodist (Aided) Primary School, Dronfield (Midlands Primary)
St John Fisher Catholic High School, Peterborough (NE and East Anglia Secondary)
St Thomas' CE Halliwell, Bolton (NW and Northern Ireland Primary)
Notre Dame RC School, Plymouth (SW and Wales Secondary)
Archbishop Benson CE Primary School, Truro (SW and Wales Primary)

Regional prizes will be awarded at both primary and secondary level, with overall national winners for both phases drawn from these regional winners. The Gala will take place in London, at Methodist Church House, on the afternoon of 28th June, with VIPs, sponsors and partners of the Church School Awards all presenting the schools with their prizes. Schools were asked to describe what nurturing global citizenship and fostering community cohesion mean to them, and how these principles are embedded in school life.

Lisa Nolan, Education Development and Improvement Officer for Methodist Children & Youth, said: "We have again been overwhelmed by the level of interest in the Church School Awards. The standard of application has been very high, and we look forward to celebrating educational excellence at the Gala this summer."

Nicola Sylvester, Head of School Effectiveness for the Church of England's National Society said: "These awards offer recognition to the many church schools that are making a huge difference in their communities, and we're looking forward to expanding the awards nationwide in 2013."

Susan Kambalu, Secondary INSET Co-ordinator for the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), said: "It is exciting to see so many schools engaging with global justice issues across the curriculum, enabling young people to develop empathy with and understanding of their neighbours in the global South."

The Church School Awards were established by Emmaus Recruitment, a recruitment specialist of teaching and leadership staff for Church schools, and are supported by the Church of England's National Society, Methodist Children & Youth, the Catholic Association of Teachers, Schools and Colleges (CATSC), Northern Ireland's Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS), aid and development organisations including CAFOD, Christian Aid, World Action in Methodist Schools, World Aims and many other supporters.

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