HAS your child’s school gone above and beyond to help its pupils? Do you know a youngster who has been an inspiration?
Now is your chance to give Edinburgh’s unsung heroes the recognition they deserve by nominating them for a prize at our Local Hero Awards 2016.
This week, we would like to encourage readers to nominate a School of the Year, that will be crowned at our awards ceremony on Friday, May 27 in the Assembly Rooms on George Street.
This award, which is sponsored by Radio Forth, recognises a school – either primary or secondary – that has achieved outstanding success in the education system.
Perhaps it has achieved results many thought unachievable or it has surpassed all expectations through hard work and determination.
Last year, Pilrig Park School took home the accolade, after impressing judges with its vibrant learning community.
Parent Claire Edward was over the moon with the result.
She said: “There is such a strong heartbeat in this school.
“You open the door, walk into the foyer and then you are simply sucked into the life of the school. It takes your breath away.”
A spokesman for Radio Forth said: “We are proud to sponsor the School of the Year category.
“The category allows the schools within our transmission area to be recognised for their hard work and dedication to education.
“We have such a great number of fantastic schools in the Edinburgh area that this accolade allows the very best to be highlighted. All the best to those nominating for 2016 and we look forward to awarding the winner in May.”
We will also be looking to name a Child of Achievement 2016.
This award, which is sponsored by Edinburgh Carpet and Flooring Warehouse, looks for a child who has demonstrated exceptional achievement in their life. They may have overcome great odds or made sacrifices beyond the call of duty.
The nominee may have excelled academically, achieved great sporting success, raised money for a good cause, or been a great support to someone with an illness or battling through a traumatic experience.
Last year, little Chantelle Cummings of Longstone Park took home the accolade following her courageous battle against a debilitating condition.
Aged just three, she was diagnosed with Chiari malformation, which pushes the lower part of her brain towards her spinal chord.
But despite her condition the nine-year-old has managed to be a top pupil at Longstone Primary.
Councillor Paul Godzik, the city’s education convener, said: “I encourage people to come forward and nominate the people, schools and projects that have made a real difference to the lives of young people in their local communities.”
HOW TO NOMINATE
The Local Hero Awards are open to anyone who lives in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Winners will be announced on Friday, May 27 at the Assembly Rooms.
The easiest way to nominate someone is to visit www.localheroesedin.co.uk.
This dedicated website will allow you to choose which category you wish to enter, as well as allowing you to tell us about your nominee.
If you would prefer to enter by post, please send your entry to the Edinburgh Evening News, The Local Hero Awards, Orchard Brae House, 30 Queensferry Road, Edinburgh, EH4 2HS.
Entry forms are available in today’s paper on Page 10.
Entries must include your name, address, and telephone number.
Please make it clear which category you wish to enter your nominee for and explain why you think they deserve to win the award.
The closing date for nominations is Wednesday, April 27.