On Friday 17 November, the spectacular setting of Liverpool Cathedral played host to the Educate Awards 2017. The Educate Awards event is the one night of the year where the excellence of schools in Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire is celebrated and rewarded in a unique fashion. Now in its sixth year, a total of 21 awards are contended for via nominations which are then shortlisted by a panel of judges. This year, the event was hosted by broadcaster Simon ‘Rossie’ Ross from Radio City 2s Breakfast Show.
Formby High School was shortlisted for two awards and took home the prestigious ‘Most Inspirational Secondary School’ Award. Mr Mackenzie said “I’m delighted. It’s good recognition for all the great work that goes on at Formby High School. It’s not just the staff – the students are wonderful, great kids to teach, they respond really well and it makes it a spot-on place to work”.
The event kicked off in dazzling style with a 300-strong Super Choir led by Formby High School’s very own Mr Cook. Participating schools included Formby High School (FHS Singers, Mundo Afrika and G:Force); Freshfield Primary School; Redgate Primary School; Saughall All Saints CofE Primary School; St Anne Stanley Primary School and Valewood Primary School. Resplendent in neon, this truly inter generational choir aged from 7 to 82 belted out a medley of floor filler and club classics including The Jacksons’ ‘Can You Feel It’, ‘The Only Way is Up’ by Yazz, ‘Movin’ On Up’ by M People, Beyonce’s ‘Crazy in Love’ and David Guetta’s ‘Without You’. The performance received a fantastic reception from the 600 guests, who sang along, danced in the aisles and waved glowsticks in the air.