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Celebrating excellence: Star Awards Night 2024

29 January 2024

The Witherslack Group Star Awards 2024 celebrated the exceptional efforts and achievements of individuals and teams nominated ahead of a memorable evening at The Belfry in the heart of the West Midlands.

With over 120 attendees, the event featured 12 categories and brought together finalists from across the country to celebrate the Huge Small Victories within our Group, resulting in life-changing outcomes for children, young people and their families.

The diversity of categories, ranging from Everyday Heroes to Leaders of the Year, demonstrated the rich tapestry of talent and unwavering commitment present throughout our Group.

Here are the winners:


The Everyday Hero

Laura, Occupational Therapist, Broadbeck Learning Centre

Going the Extra Mile

Lexi, Recruitment Administrator, Head Office

Leader of the Year

Clare, Head Teacher, Ashbrooke School

Role Model of the Year

Barbara, Deputy Head Teacher, Lavender Lodge School

School of the Year

Avon Park School

Learning Centre of the Year

The Grange Learning Centre

Home of the Year

Grange View

ESG Contribution of the Year

Bridgeway School

Lifetime Achievement

Lou, Lead Practitioner, Head Office

Futures Achievement

Andy, Assistant Head Teacher, Chilworth House Upper School


To round up the night of celebrations, there were two categories that were chosen by Directors and our Chief Executive Officer, they were: the Young Person’s Choice and Chief Executive’s Choice

Young Person’s Choice

This award recognises the employee who in the words of our young people themselves has made a considerable impact in creating aspirational futures. Our judges identified the winner of the award by drawing on the supporting written evidence from young people accompanying the submissions in the other award categories.

The winner: Shaun, Shift Leader, Dene Croft

Chief Executive’s Choice

This award recognises the best all-round impact, linked to achieving our Group Strategy of Uncompromising Standards, Great Place to Work, Outcomes for Young People, and Financially Secure Business. The winner demonstrated the strongest evidence against each of those four pillars, and will selected by Chief Executive Tracey Fletcher-Ray from among the finalists in the other award categories.

The winner: Claire, Head Teacher, Hall Cliffe Primary School

The Star Awards was a celebration of excellence, dedication, and the collective impact achieved by our extraordinary individuals and teams. Congratulations to all the winners.

If you want to join our team, explore our latest vacancies here

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