TWO schools in Sale have been nominated for two awards each at the Times Educational Supplement (TES) Schools Awards.

Lime Tree Primary Academy has been nominated for 'Early Years Foundation Stage Setting of the Year' and 'SEND Provision in a Mainstream Setting of the Year', while Moorlands Junior School has been nominated for 'Primary School of the Year'.

Diane Eccles, a teaching assistant at the school on Temple Road, has also been nominated for 'Teaching Assistant of the Year'.

Alison Kelly, the headteacher of Moorlands Junior School, said: "Our school is absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted for the TES Primary School of the Year Award.

"I am extremely humbled to work with such an amazing team and the nomination is a testimony to the way staff, parents and pupils all worked together to support each other over the last couple of years.

"We are also delighted Miss Eccles has been shortlisted for Teaching Assistant of the Year.

"Her dedication to her work and the care she gives to the children she supports and colleagues she works with is outstanding. We are incredibly lucky to have her."

Clare Larkin, the headteacher of Bright Futures Educational Trust's Lime Tree Primary Academy, on Budworth Road, said: “We are thrilled to be shortlisted at these prestigious national awards.  

“At Lime Tree, we are dedicated to providing children with the opportunities and support they need to thrive.

"We achieve this through careful nurturing of each child using creativity, innovation, and academic challenge within our school setting which includes a farm and two Forest School areas. 

“Recognition such as this is testament not only to our fantastic staff team but also to our whole school community and, of course, our amazing children.”

Jon Severs, the editor of TES and the chief judge at the awards, commented: "This year has seen an incredibly high standard of entries to the TES Schools Awards.

"Every teacher and school who has been nominated should be incredibly proud – it’s a fantastic achievement.

"We are looking forward to showcasing, as we do every year, just how vital our education professionals are to every facet of this country.

"Teachers, leaders and support staff have all played an enormous role as schools have battled with immense challenges over the last few years and this is our chance to say thank you for all they do."

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