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NAPCE Awards 2022 – Winners Announced

The winners of the third annual National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education were unveiled at a busy ceremony on October 7th.

For the first time finalists attended an in-person event at the home of Worcestershire County Cricket Club.

Despite a planned rail strike one day later, nominees travelled from all over the UK including several parties who flew in from Northern Ireland to celebrate the outstanding practice in pastoral care.

The atmosphere was warm, vibrant and celebratory, special guests included Pastoral Support in Education Director Maria O’Neill who gave an opening address in which she declared that all finalists had “won the hearts and minds of those in their care.”

The event was hosted with aplomb by long-standing NAPCE Chair Phil Jones.

More nominations than ever before, brilliant winners and wonderful support from across the education sector defined NAPCE Awards 2022.

Here are the winners and finalists of the National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education 2022.

Pastoral School of the Year – Sponsored by AHM Procurement

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.

Fir Vale School

St Catherine’s College, Armagh

Fairfield Primary School

Moorlands Junior School

Abbey School

Pastoral Team of the Year – Sponsored by NAPCE

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.

Cathal Meegan and the Mentoring Programme team, St Patricks College, Dungannon

Strangford College Pastoral Team

Andrew McCartney and Julie Grantham, Hull College

Pastoral Forum, St Cecilia’s College

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

Pastoral Member of Staff of the Year – Sponsored by NAPCE

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.

Frances Wood, Moulton College

Conor Lavery, St Patricks College, Dungiven

Anna Marie Byrne, St Catherine’s College, Armagh

Shani Thorpe, Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary School

Andrew Keep, St Bees School

Pastoral Leader of the Year – Sponsored by Taylor and Francis

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.

Angela Bowker, Wright Robinson College

Moses Arthur, Brent Inclusion ServicesA

Catherine Currie, St Cecilia’s College

Martine Mulhern, St Cecilia’s College

Dr Vanessa Mitchell, The Ladies College, Guernsey

Pastoral Development of the Year – Sponsored by NAPCE

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

Emma McCarron, St Patricks College, Dungannon

Meridian High School Summit Team

St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena

Russell Friese, Bassett House School

Michael Fitzsimons, Trinity Sixth Form Academy

Outstanding Contribution to Pastoral Care – Sponsored by NAPCE

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


Niamh O’Sullivan, St Cecilia’s College

Hull College

All Saints C of E Primary School

Majella McCartney, St Patricks College, Dungiven

Raising Awareness about Pastoral Care – Sponsored by The Association of School and College Leaders

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 – Sponsored by The Hult International Business School

An international school, 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.

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