AS APPLICATIONS flood in for this year’s 2018 Worcestershire Education Awards, we asked last year’s Headteacher of the Year what it meant to be recognised.

Chris Allen, headteacher at Bowbrook House School in Peopleton, near Pershore, received multiple nominations from parents and children.

The awards, which are organised by the Worcester News in partnership with the University of Worcester, showcase those that inspire our children.

Mr Allen said: “I remember my most inspirational teacher. We sometimes forget the profound affect we can have on young lives. I wish I could have said ‘thank you’ in a forum such as that which these awards offer.

“To be recognised as headmaster/principal of the year was of course very gratifying and flattering. But it is only a reflection of the work that all my staff do on a daily basis. Teaching is a vocation. They care and this shows in the pupil’s development, progress and their kind words.

“For the University and the Worcester News to recognise the vast amount of good work that happens in all sectors of education within the county is a tremendously worthwhile undertaking.

“Teachers, support staff, volunteers – they place young people, our county and country’s future resource, at the heart of all that they do. Being able to say ‘thank you’ is fantastic for all concerned.”

A launch event was held at the Joel Richards Conference Suite at the University of Worcester Arena and saw dozens of sponsors and past winners celebrate the start of the awards, which shine a spotlight on the hard work, passion and dedication of staff across the county’s schools, nurseries, colleges and in the wider community.

To view the categories and to nominate, go to