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NAPCE Awards 2024 – Finalists Announced

The finalists of the National Awards For Pastoral Care In Education 2024 have been unveiled.

Now in its fifth year, the NAPCE Awards is a leading event on the education calendar and nominees have been selected in eight categories by an independent panel of expert judges.

NAPCE National Chair Phil Jones announced that the standard of entries was “outstanding” and all nominees should be “incredibly proud” of their work.

The Awards was launched by NAPCE in 2019 and it will return for a third in-person presentation ceremony in October, having been online for the first two years because of the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.

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

It exists to shine a light on 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:”Once again we received a record number of entries this year, smashing the previous high and it’s testament to the exciting way the Awards continues to grow and grow.

“Standards were extremely high this year and I’m told judging was not easy, with so many high class entries to consider.

“I continue to be excited by the geographical spread of the nominations and by the number of schools and colleges returning year on year to get involved.

“And I would like to offer huge congratulations to all who made the finals, with such a large number of nominations of the highest standard it’s a big achievement in itself.

“We now look forward to returning  to Worcestershire County Cricket Ground, in Worcester for a wonderful evening of celebrations in October and tickets for all finalists are FREE.

“Please make sure you book early to ensure you get your place at one of the education sector’s most important events of the year!”

To book tickets for the showpiece Presentation Evening on October 11th at Worcestershire County Cricket Ground, Worcester, click here:

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)

Hazelwood Integrated College Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland
Creggan Primary School Randalstown , Co Antrim, Northern Ireland
Good Shepherd Primary & Nursery School. Derry, Northern Ireland
Ebbw Fawr Learning Community Ebbw Vale, Wales
Drapers’ Academy Romford, England


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)

Fir Vale School Sheffield, England
Staffordshire University’s Institute of Policing Stoke on Trent, England
Pastoral Care Team, Glenlola Collegiate School Bangor, Northern Ireland
Bristnall Hall Academy’s Achievement Coordinators Oldbury, England
St Teresa’s Nursery Staff Team Belfast, Northern Ireland


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)

Ita Quinn Malone Integrated College, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Benjamin Spaul Goffs Academy, Cheshunt, England
Claire Blaney St Johns Primary School, Swatragh, Northern Ireland
Claire Kerr Royal School Dungannon, Northern Ireland
Mike Spellman Staffordshire University’s Institute of Policing,England


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)

Mark Thompson Drumglass High School, Dungannon, Northern Ireland
Nadine Dorrian Strangford Integrated College, Carrowdore, Northern Ireland
Andrew Keep, St Bees School, St Bees, Cumbria
Brian Mc Closkey, St Mary’s Fivemiletown, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Richard Clark, Mansel Primary,Sheffield
Rory O’Connor Strangford Integrated College, Carrowdore, Northern Ireland


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)

Holy Trinity Primary School Belfast Northern Ireland
Pastoral Care Team, Glenlola Collegiate School Bangor, Northern Ireland
Highfield and Brookham School Liphook,England
Blessed Trinity College Belfast, Northern Ireland
Moneynick Primary School Randalstown, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland


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)

Fatema Mulla & Hafsa Mulla Thornhill Community College, Dewsbury, England
Tyrone Hughes Bridgend Youth Justice Service, Bridgend, Wales
Holy Trinity Primary School Belfast, Northern Ireland
Gary Kelly St Kevin’s College, Lisnaskea, Northern Ireland
Sue Roffey Compass Community Schools, Sowerby Bridge, England



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)

Thrive Academy, Craigavon, Northern Ireland
Pastoral Care Team, Glenlola Collegiate School Bangor, Northern Ireland
Mrs Claire Kerr, Senior Teacher Pastoral, Royal School, Dungannon. Dungannon, Northern Ireland
St. Louis Grammar School Ballymena Ballymena, Northern Ireland
Frederika Roberts / The Happiness Speaker Doncaster, England


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)

King Richard School Cyprus
Debbie Smith All Saints School London
NLCS Jeju South Korea
Sue Roffey Compass Community Schools, Sowerby Bridge, England
Thrive Academy, Craigavon, Northern Ireland


There will also 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.


Grand Presentation for The National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education

Friday 11th October 2024   Information and Tickets  at

Tickets available from 9-00am on Monday 3rd June. Tickets for this event are limited so please book early.

Join NAPCE for a brilliant Pastoral Professional Development Opportunity at the same venue on the same day.

The Annual Conference – October 11th -2024 – 10-00am until 4-00pm


Good Practice in Pastoral Care in Education – NAPCE Conference 2024

Also on Friday, October 11th (daytime). This event will include brilliant presentations from national experts in pastoral care and previous winners of National Awards for Pastoral Care in Education sharing their good practice.

Information and tickets at

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