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NAPCE Awards 2022 – Finalists Announced

The finalists of the National Awards For Pastoral Care In Education 2022 have been announced.

Now in its third year, the Awards continues to go from strength to strength and deserving nominees have been selected in seven categories by an independent panel of judges made up of educational experts.

The standard of entry was “exceptional once again this year, according to NAPCE National Chair Phil Jones, who is a member of the judging panel.

The Awards was launched by NAPCE in 2019, with it’s first winners revealed in 2020.

It is the first UK-wide scheme to recognise outstanding achievements across pastoral care in education settings.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic previous winners were announced at on-line events but this year an in-person presentation ceremony will take place on Friday, October 7th.

The NAPCE Awards was created to highlight excellent practice in pastoral care and to celebrate the people making a real difference in the educational experience of young people.

It also encourages new initiatives and ideas in pastoral care and recognises the contributions being made to developing policy and practice in pastoral support.

Mr Jones said: “We’re extremely proud to once again have received so many outstanding nominations for the Awards this year.

“Big congratulations to the finalists in each category, the quality of entry was extremely high and I should point out that getting to the final stages is a huge achievement in itself.

“I am delighted that this year we will be able to hold our firs ever in person presentation ceremony at the stunning Worcestershire County Cricket Ground, in Worcester and tickets for all finalists are FREE.

“Best of luck to all finalists and we look forward to meeting you all in October.”

Details about how to book tickets will be sent to finalists directly, before being made available to people from across the education sector.

The presentation ceremony will take place on a special weekend to celebrate the 40th anniversary of NAPCE which will also include a conference for people working in pastoral care and a special dinner.

The Finalists

Pastoral School of The Year

(A school that can demonstrate a commitment to pastoral care and support for learners that makes a real difference in the progress and personal development of young people in the school)

St Catherine’s College, Armagh

Fairfield Primary School

Fir Vale School

Moorlands Junior School

Abbey School

Pastoral Team of The Year

(A team that works in pastoral care and can demonstrate a determination to support young people to achieve their full potential and a positive impact on the young people they work with)

Strangford College Pastoral Team

Andrew McCartney and Julie Grantham, Hull College

Cathal Meegan and the Mentoring Programme team, St Patrick’s College, Dungannon

Pastoral Forum, St Cecilia’s College

Staffordshire University’s Institute of Policing (Work Based Education Officers)

Pastoral Member of Staff of the Year

(A member of staff who works in pastoral care and who always makes the extra effort to support young people to enable them to become effective learners and achieve success)

Conor Lavery, St Patrick’s College, Dungiven

Anna Marie Byrne, St Catherine’s College, Armagh

Frances Wood, Moulton College

Shani Thorpe, Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary School

Andrew Keep, St Bees School

Pastoral Leader of Staff of the Year

(Has a passion for pastoral care that is shared with colleagues to inspire and motivate them to make a real difference in the lives of the young people they work with)

Moses Arthur, Brent Inclusion Services

Catherine Currie, St Cecilia’s College

Martin Mulhern, St Cecilia’s College

Dr Vanessa Mitchell, The Ladies College, Guernsey

Angela Bowker, Wright Robinson College

Pastoral Development of the Year

(A pastoral initiative or idea that has achieved positive outcomes and has improved the learning experience and future life chances, for young people)

Meridian High School Summit Team

Emma McCarron, St Patrick’s College, Dungannon

St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena

Russell Friese, Bassett House School

Michael Fitzsimons, Trinity Sixth Form Academy

Outstanding Contribution to Pastoral Care

(A person, group or organisation that has made a real difference for the benefit of young people in the area of pastoral care)

Niamh O’Sullivan, St Cecilia’s College

Hull College

All Saints C of E Primary School


Majella McCartney, St Patrick’s College, Dungiven

Raising Awareness About Pastoral Care

(An individual, group or organisation who through their actions have raised awareness about pastoral care or pastoral issues and encouraged positive improvements for the benefit of young people)

Luke Ramsden, Senior Deputy Headteacher, St Benedict’s School, West London
Miss Hannah Walton, One/Third Project

International Contribution to Pastoral Care

(An international school or organisation outside of the UK or an individual working in research or in an international school outside of the UK, that has promoted or delivered high quality pastoral care)

The results of this category will be announced at the Presentation Event later this year.

There will be a prize of £100 for the school or institution for the winners of each category and individuals will also be recognised for their achievements.

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