THE latest search begins in earnest for the heroes of education in Basingstoke and Deane.

The Basingstoke Gazette Education Awards was set up last year to recognise those who play a part in learning across the borough.

It is a chance to honour some of the tremendous work that goes on in our schools and colleges at all levels, from those who volunteer their services right up to those who provide great leadership.

In 2018, we had a huge reaction from the education sector and the community as a whole with heart-warming tales of nominees going above and beyond, culminating in a gala evening where the awards were presented.

This year’s awards event takes place at The Apollo Hotel on July 4 and nominations can be made up until May 23.

To enter, send your nominations to or visit

Alternatively print out and complete the nomination form in the images and return it to the Basingstoke Gazette office, the address of which is detailed on the form.

The Gazette is again seeking our readers’ nominations across a whole range of categories:

Nursery/ Primary School Teacher of the Year

Nursery and primary schools play such an important part in helping youngsters get into the learning habit.

And there are some incredible teachers out there who can tap into the imaginations of the youngest pupils in a way that opens their horizons.

Secondary School Teacher of the Year

Sponsored by Hampshire County Council

When the baton is passed to the secondary schools, a moment has arrived when pupils learn to be serious students – especially if their hope is to progress on to university or another higher form of education.

We are looking for the teacher who has gone the extra mile to help a pupil or pupils to take another step closer to their dream.

Trainer / College Teacher of the Year

Sponsored by Basingstoke ITEC

As students move towards employment, it takes a special type of tutor to ensure they can prepare for the most important examinations of their career.

Teaching Assistant/ Support Staff Award

Supporting staff members are on occasions the unsung heroes of the classroom. By giving that extra help, they ensure that the day’s tasks are completed and individuals can excel.

Leadership Award

Any good educational establishment needs someone at the top who leads the way. It can sometimes be a lonely place, but success is often determined by the skills and the direction of the principal or headteacher.

Voluntary Contribution Award

So many schools and colleges are made that much better by the voluntary contributions of parents, neighbours or other interested people.

Their assistance, freely given, often mean valuable resources can be pointed in other directions.

Whether it is in fundraising, admin support or general upkeep, it is a contribution well worth making.

Community Involvement Award

Sponsored by David Wilson Homes

The input from a community group can have a huge impact on the effectiveness of a school or college. Its integration with those who recognise the asset it is in the community is a prize to be shouting about.

Innovation Award

Sponsored by Centerprise International

Schools and colleges are not only seats of learning, they are places where creativity is in abundance. We want to hear about where that creativity has been put to use for the benefit of the school or college.

Special Educational Needs Staff Award

Meeting the needs of children and young adults is what education is all about, but for those requiring special educational needs, the skill of the teacher can sometimes be so much more acute.

Science and Technology

Sponsored by Queen Mary's College

Science and technology remains a crucial part of the school curriculum.

We are looking for a teacher who has been able to inspire youngsters in this field.

Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by Basingstoke College of Technology

Apprenticeships play a growing role in the transition from education to employment.

We are looking for an apprentice who has gone above and beyond to show their dedication to their craft, their skills and their hunger for development.

Business in Schools Award

Sponsored by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

The inspiration of young people in the field of business could never be more important. We are looking for examples of where this has been achieved with examples of strategy and outcome.

Bill Browne, publisher of The Gazette, said: “We launched these awards in hope that they can be used to highlight all that is good in this important part of our society.

“We had a tremendous response with a wealth of nominations coming through full of inspiring stories from the education community in Basingstoke and Deane.

“We are proud to be able to run the awards for a second year and we are now inviting nominations.

“Anyone involved in our schools and colleges can nominate, whether they are parent, pupil, teacher or leader.

“We just want to hear about all of the good things that are going on in education in Basingstoke and Deane.

“Our thanks go out to all of our sponsors for backing us with this awards scheme.

“All those who have so far, and will do so in future, put their names to these awards truly believe in education and they will add to the voice of encouragement that’s so important in this vital profession.”