Worcestershire County Council has spoken of its pride at once again supporting the Worcestershire Education Awards.

The star-studded awards are being run by the Worcester News in conjunction with the University of Worcester to shine a light on the fantastic work done by staff and students in our nurseries, schools and colleges.

There are 10 categories and among the high profile local organisations and businesses sponsoring them is Worcestershire County Council.

A spokesperson for the council said they were "incredibly proud" to be sponsoring the categories of both Teacher of the Year, and Middle or Senior School of The Year.

"Our ambition is that every child across the county receives a good education, the help and support they need so that they are able to thrive and reach their full potential," she said.

"The Coronavirus pandemic has brought new challenges to our school communities across the county, but our schools, teachers and students have been outstanding throughout and have continued to do our county proud.

"We want to ensure an excellent education for every child in Worcestershire, based on a belief in equality, excellence and the very best for all."

Councillor Marcus Hart, cabinet member with responsibility for education, said: “As a parent myself, I know what an important role education plays in children’s lives as they grow up, the places they attend to learn and the people that make up the school community to provide good educational experiences.

"We are committed to ensuring that every child in Worcestershire has access to everything they need to make the most of the opportunities that their education gives to them.

"The Education Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate and thanks the education communities and people that make such a difference for children and young people across our county.”

The council is working hard to ensure its Education and Skills Strategy improves the educational experience for children across Worcestershire.

"We want to ensure every child and young person enjoys their education and achieves the very best outcomes, so they become happy, healthy, independent and prosperous adults who will make a positive contribution to their communities and wider society," said a spokesperson.

"Our aspiration is for early years settings, schools and other education providers to work in local, professional collaborations.

"By challenging, supporting and working with pride, these collaborations will inspire, achieve and maintain good outcomes for every child and young person to fulfil their potential."

The star-studded finals of the Worcestershire Education Awards will be broadcast live on the Worcester News Facebook site at 7pm on Thursday, February 24.