Education awards

Celebrating excellence in education

Thurrock's education awards celebrate excellence in the borough's schools. They recognise the importance of education as the foundation for a good quality of life and future success.

There are 14 award categories for teachers, head teachers, support staff, teams, governors and trusts that have gone the extra mile in sharing their effort, enthusiasm and talent.

Parents, pupils, colleagues and anyone involved with education in Thurrock are invited to send us a nomination using the form below.

Education award nomination form

The closing date for nominations is Friday 29 September 2017.

The awards will be presented on the evening of Friday 10 November 2017 at The Civic Hall in Blackshots Lane, Grays, RM16 2JU.

All short-listed nominees will enter a prize draw, to take place on the awards ceremony evening, for a free 7-day cruise to the Norwegian Fjords donated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages.

Award categories and sponsors

Sponsors join us each year to honour exceptional teaching professionals, early years practitioners, governors and support staff across Thurrock.

Category Sponsor
Overall main sponsor DP World London Gateway
Outstanding early years practitioner ALM Training
Outstanding new teacher Strategy Education
Aspiring leader Palmers Solicitors
Creative teaching and learning High House Production Park
Education support Print Warehouse
Excellence in English and/or maths ALM Training
Excellence in science and technologies Thames Oil Port
Inspiring career opportunity DP World London Gateway
Governor, governing board or trust Kingston Smith
Teacher of the year in primary education, special education or alternative provision Strategy Education
Teacher of the year in secondary education, special education, alternative or post-16 provision Port of Tilbury
Head teacher of the year in primary education HW Wilson Ltd
Head teacher of the year in secondary education, special education, alternative or post-16 provision Port of Tilbury
Outstanding contribution to education in Thurrock HW Wilson Ltd
Venue sponsor Impulse Leisure


All complete nominations will be considered for short-listing by senior officers of the council.

When short-lists have been decided, the names on each entry will be removed. Winners will be picked anonymously by the award sponsors and different senior officers.

Previous awards

Education awards have been presented annually since 2014. Read about our: