Best In Everyone Awards
Published on : 28 June 2021
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Students and staff at The Hyndburn Academy are celebrating after winning two standout awards at United Learning’s Best in Everyone Awards 2021.
Each year the awards celebrate the impressive achievements of students, staff and teams in schools across United Learning. They recognise a wide range of successes, including exemplary academic performance, dedication to leadership and service, as well as lifetime achievement. 2021 marks the ninth year that the awards have been held and the second year that the presentation has been conducted virtually.
As part of this year’s online celebration, each winner was announced via a personalised video, shared on United Learning’s Twitter feed to an audience of over 10,000 users. The bespoke videos include a photo of the winner, as well as a recorded message from a member of the senior leadership team at the winner’s school.
The winners at The Hyndburn Academy were Jax Edwards who was crowned Sportsman of the Year Award for Years 7-9 and Head Teacher Nicola Palmer who won the School Leader of the Year Award. In picking up these awards, the winners saw off strong competition from a range of exceptional nominees across the country, with 400 nominations being submitted in total.
Year 7 student Jax scooped his award for his unwavering enthusiasm for PE and sport and his determination to succeed. In the face of COVID-19 restrictions, Jax continued to embrace sporting opportunities wherever he could, immersing himself in the PE department’s virtual PE challenge and taking part in their weekly podcast. In addition, Jax has continued to master his talents on the football field where he represents Burnley FC in their U11 team.
Speaking of his win, Jax said:
“I am really proud, honoured and surprised to win the award. I love all sports, so it is fantastic to be named Sportsman of the Year!”
The academy’s second award was won by Head Teacher Nicola Palmer, who was named School Leader of the Year for her ongoing dedication to delivering the very best education to all her students. Alongside successfully navigating the challenges of the past year, Nicola has worked tirelessly to drive forward improvements at the academy, including leading on an exciting build project. Likewise, she has continued to build positive relationships across the local community, sharing her expertise with schools across United Learning and the local cluster.
Commenting on her award, Nicola Palmer, Head Teacher at The Hyndburn Academy, said:
“Huge congratulations to Jax on his award. He has an unbelievable talent – both as a footballer and as an all-round sportsman – and we are proud to be represented by him. His attitude, behaviour and efforts, particularly over the past year, have been exemplary and demonstrate what a superb young man he is.
“I am humbled to have been given such a wonderful award. I feel very lucky to lead The Hyndburn Academy and oversee the significant progress that has been achieved in recent years. We have an incredible group of students and staff and this award is testament to their hard work, commitment and enthusiasm.”
To commemorate their outstanding achievement, the winners are each set to receive a glass award which will be posted to their school in the coming weeks.