FOUR schools have been recognised at a national awards ceremony.

Avonwood Primary School, Glenmoor and Winton Academies and The Cornerstone Academy all picked up awards at the United Learning Best in Everyone Awards.

The awards celebrate staff and students at United Learning schools across the country.

Year 5 teacher at Avonwood Primary School, John Mather, took home the coveted primary lifetime achievement award for his ‘sizable’ contributions to the school since joining in 2000.

This includes running an after school musical theatre club to inspire pupils to engage with the performing arts.

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At Glenmoor and Winton Academies, Year 9 student Ollie McDermott won the religious studies award, while Claudia Allman won the school leader of the year gong.

Ollie was recognised for his passion for social justice and outstanding debating ability, competing in the Schools’ Mace, the largest debating competition for schools in England and Wales.

Claudia was celebrated as head of ethics at the academies, spearheading it the department to ‘new heights’.

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Year 11 student and cycling enthusiast Leon Penketh from The Cornerstone Academy took home the sportsman of the year for his commitment and talent in cycle speedway.

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Last year, Leon was crowned under 18 British champion and was selected to represent Team GB in Australia, winning two silver medals.

For more information, visit the United Learning website.