Luke is honoured as an outstanding teacher

Luke Lovelidge (second right) has won a special national award for his contribution to teaching at Hillcrest Early Years Academy in Gainsborough
Luke Lovelidge (second right) has won a special national award for his contribution to teaching at Hillcrest Early Years Academy in Gainsborough

A teacher at a Gainsborough school has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to teaching in a national awards ceremony.

Luke Lovelidge, of Hillcrest Early Years Academy in Gainsborough has been recognised for his dedication and work in this year’s Community Education Awards.

The award, part of a number presented to teachers and schools yearly was given to Mr Lovelidge during a celebration ceremony at the school, which was also awarded a special recognition commendation in the same competition for its work in sports.

Mr Lovelidge, the vice-principal of Hillcrest, was nominated by his colleagues for his effort into engaging pupils in the learning process.

His creative teaching methods, such as video recordings, were highly praised during the school’s last Ofsted report, receiving special mention and comment in the report.

A staff member commented: “Luke is not only an innovative teacher but also an innovative leader.

“He’s led projects within the school which cultivate a culture of creative and critical thinking which engage all staff.”

Within the application, submitted by his colleagues, there were also testimonials from students.

One said: “He’s always first in silly costumes, and never lets us down.

“He’s a kind and funny man who we are proud to call our teacher.”

Kelly Griffiths, organiser of the awards, said: “We chose Luke because of the fantastic amount of praise we received about him from staff and colleagues about Luke took us aback.

“I don’t think a single person has anything even remotely negative to say about him.

“But it’s not only about the praise, Luke has demonstrably improved the school.

“The school has charted the increase in achievement in maths and PE since he has been there.

“Luke’s innovation has continued to increase results and attainment in these subjects year by year.

“He should be incredibly proud.”

The award presentation took place in the school in front of a rapturous audience of colleagues and students as well as representatives from the awards committee.

For more stories like Luke’s, or if you think your school has what it takes to be an award winner in 2018, visit www.communityeducationawards.co.uk