News from around the Archdiocese of Liverpool


Catholic schools and colleges from across the region have been honoured at the prestigious Educate Awards ceremony on Friday 16 November.


The awards, in partnership with Copyrite Systems and Ricoh, is now in its seventh year and is the largest education awards in the North West.


Over 600 guests gathered for the Educate Awards ceremony held at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, hosted by broadcaster, Simon ‘Rossie’ Ross.


On the night, 21 awards were handed out to schools in the Liverpool City Region, Lancashire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester.


Welcoming guests outside the venue was the incredible The Orquestra De Ritmo - a talented group of drummers from The Academy of St Francis of Assisi (ASFA) and All Saints Sixth Form College.


ASFA’s ten piece band – MODE – kicked off proceedings with a mash up of RnB hits from the likes of Beyoncé, Jay Z and Jackson 5.


All Saints Sixth Form College in Garston received the Career Aspiration Award for its unique ‘futures gateway programme’ which helps to inspire students allowing them to access Russell Group universities, employment and apprenticeships.


The Academy of St Francis of Assisi won both the SEND Provision Award and Outstanding Arts in Secondary School Award.


ASFA’s vision of ‘Success for All’ is evident throughout the school. Initiatives include targeted intervention for reading and writing, a Small Learning Community where students receive support in English and Maths and individual sessions for social, emotional and mental health.


Whilst the school’s music department includes every child from Year 7 to 11 and is the catalyst for social change, cultural and racial acceptance. Past projects include the sold out gig, ‘Live at the Cavern’ and various initiatives beyond the classroom.


Chair of governors, Elizabeth Jones from St Damian’s R.C Science College received the Support Star of the Year Award. Elizabeth has been a stalwart for the St Damian’s community for over 40 years and has made an outstanding contribution. She took to the red carpet at Liverpool Cathedral to collect her award in front of over 600 guests.


St John Bosco Arts College’s Judith Bowden came runner up for School Support Star of the Year. As cleaning supervisor, Judith has been committed at the school for over 27 years and has a wonderful relationship with staff and students.


St Aloysius Catholic Primary School placed runner up in the Outstanding Commitment to Sport in Primary School category. Over the past three years, there has been a transformation of attitude towards the importance of sport at the school. It has established stronger partnerships with the likes of Everton in the Community and became a Primary League Primary Stars school.


Kim O’Brien, founder of the Educate Awards, says: “It’s been an exceptional year of entries, so many congratulations to all the winners, runners-up and finalists for 2018.


“We are so proud to host an event which champions the creativity, diversity and dedication of teachers, school support stars, schools and colleges in the Liverpool City Region, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.”

Associate sponsors include Winstanley College, All About STEM, Liverpool John Moores University, CER, Progress Schools, Liverpool Learning Partnership, School Improvement Liverpool, The Foundry Agency, LSSP, The Bishop of Liverpool, The Rt. Revd. Paul Bayes and David M Robinson Jewellery & Watches.

Catholic schools shine at Educate Awards 2018!

It’s been an exceptional year of entries, so many congratulations to all the winners, runners-up and finalists for 2018