Following the success of last year’s event we are delighted to announce the launch of the second Cheshire Schools Swards in association with executive partner Excell Supply.

From now until Friday, March 18, you can enter your school, teacher, pupil or even a project that your school has been involved in.

Whether you are a teacher, pupil or parent, this exciting and prestigious event is your chance to salute your school as we aim to find and celebrate the very best.

It’s completely free to enter, simply download an entry form from the website, select a category or more than one if it applies to your school, complete the entry form and return it to us by the deadline.

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If you think any of the categories apply to someone in your school, class or even your teacher, then enter.

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All nominations received will be judged by our panel and the successful shortlist will be revealed in The Chronicle in May.

All successful schools shortlisted will be invited to attend a free celebratory lunch and awards ceremony held at the Queen Hotel, Chester on Wednesday, June 29.

Download an interactive entry form from www.cheshireschoolsawards.co.uk. Complete and return it by email to​ ​events@cheshireschoolsawards.co.uk.

You can also post an entry to Cheshire Schools Awards, Events Department, PO Box 48, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L69 3EB.

If you have any questions please call the events team on: 01244 606 472

Twitter:@CheshireSchools

Deadline for entries is Friday, March 18.

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This week we are highlighting the first three categories of this year’s awards:

Howard Worth Chartered Accountants Inspirational Teacher of the Year:

We are looking for a teacher who has shown constant dedication, kindness and understanding, inspiring young people every day. This award is for a teacher that goes the extra mile to give children the best opportunities in their education. This could be a teacher in any key stage school that inspire their students to learn and encourage them to pursue their goals, giving them skills and the enthusiasm they need to make a positive impact on their life. Tell us about your special teachers.

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School Support Staff of the Year:

This award is for any member of non-teaching school staff who has played a vital role in the running of the school and the happiness and security of the children. It may be a teaching assistant, administrative staff, caretaker or any other member of support or administrative staff who make a real difference to individual children, classes or the whole school.

School Achievement Award:

This award is for an outstanding school or class that goes above and beyond what is expected and strives to enhance the school’s curriculum. We want to hear about the initiatives and projects your school is involved in. Maybe your school has introduced reading projects, encourages sporting activities, healthy living projects. Tell us about what your school does to go that extra mile.

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Howard Worth Chartered Accountants logo

A statement from Howard Worth Chartered Accountants said: “Schools increasingly require professional advice and services in order to improve cost efficiencies and ensure regulatory compliance.

"As they seek the best value for their budgets, many consider outsourcing services such as bookkeeping and payroll.

“At Howard Worth accountants and Business Advisers we are experienced in working with a wide range of education clients and provide comprehensive, cost-effective services, from payroll preparation to advice on more complex issues, including audits, asset valuations, compliance with the Charities Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) and VAT.

“Whatever the structure of your school, our experts can help to identify issues and resolve challenges, with services designed to support school leaders so that they can focus on their key priority of delivering high quality education to their pupils.

“We have particular expertise in advising schools considering conversion to academy status. We also provide the services academies need post-conversion, as leadership teams take advantage of enhanced control over their school’s finances and strategic direction.”