Raising the Bar awards

Celebrating success is an important part of the Raising the Bar project. Sharing best practice and highlighting excellence are essential to help inspire others.

Raising the Bar Awards 2019

The awards this year saw a revised categories and a celebration event at an afternoon tea at Wherstead Park in Ipswich on Wednesday 10 July.

Nominations across the 13 Raising the Bar award categories include Business Supporting Ambition, Educational Leader & Setting of the Year, Inspirational / Young Achiever of the Year and Excellence in Digital Strategy.

We are pleased to announce that our 2019 Finalists and Winners are:

Inspirational / Young Person of the Year

Early Years

  • Ayan Omar - Sprites Primary Academy - Winner


  • Dylan Murray - East Bergholt CEVC Primary School Winner
  • Keziah McNeil - Sidegate Primary School Winner
  • Albie Compton - The Bridge School Winner
  • Manny Smiley - St Mary's Academy, Mildenhall Winner


  • Leo Moss-Eccardt - Hillside Special School Winner
  • Anya Ilczenko - Stour Valley Community School Winner
  • Martha Cooper - Horringer Court School Winner

Post 16

  • Brianna Digby - Stour Valley Community School Winner
  • Regan Partridge - Suffolk One Winner
  • Joanna Brawn - Wesley School Winner


  • Phoebe Vokes - NOVA Training Winner
  • Kayleigh Elmer - West Suffolk College Winner
  • Carrie Donovan - Suffolk County Council Winner

Business Supporting Ambition

  • Deborah Ball - Kinetic Science Winner
  • Richard Stewart - Student Life
  • Naomi Herbert - LV Insurance Ipswich 

Excellence in Digital Strategy

  • Kate Hayward-Brackenbury - St Mary's C of E Primary School, Woodbridge Winner
  • Oliver Clifford - Worlingham CEVC Primary School - Special Recognition

Educational Leader and Setting of the Year

Early Years

  • Michele Cole - Badingham Playschool Winner
  • Jenny Snape - Little Teapots Preschool
  • Emma Howard - Meadow Brook Nursery


  • Jamie White - Oulton Broad Primary School Winner
  • Joel Crawley & Oz Sparks - Woods Loke Primary School
  • Roisin Wiseman - Wilby CEVC Primary School


  • Helen Winn - Ipswich Academy Winner
  • Vanessa Whitcombe - Castle Manor Academy
  • Nick Froy - Newmarket Academy

Raising the Bar 2018

The Raising the Bar Awards 2018 took place on Tuesday 10 July 2018 at Trinity Park, Ipswich. Read more about the 2018 finalists (PDF, 3.1MB).

Raising the Bar 2017 logo

The Raising the Bar Awards 2017 were held at Trinity Park, Ipswich on Monday 26 June 2017. See images from the awards on the Raising the Bar Facebook page.

The Raising the Bar Awards 2016 were held at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on Monday 20 June 2016. You can find images from the awards on the Raising the Bar Facebook page.

RtB award winners 2016

The Raising the Bar Awards 2015 took place on 25 June at Ashlar House in Bury St Edmunds, where the winners and finalists across 20 categories were presented with their awards.

Nominations were open to all publicly funded educational establishments in Suffolk (or partners working with them): early years including childminders, nurseries and pre-schools, Local Authority maintained schools, colleges, academies, free schools and Pupil Referral Units.

You can see all the photos from the event in this Raising the Bar Awards album on Suffolk County Council's Flickr Page. 

Raising the Bar awards early years winner