Achievements and Awards

Hillcrest Early Years Academy is an award winning Academy and continues to be shortlisted for National and Local awards as well as being reported as Outstanding by Ofsted.

Pearson Teaching Awards

The Teaching Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding work of exceptional teachers across the UK. Winners are selected by our panel of judges for Silver Teaching Awards, which are announced on ‘Thank a Teacher’ day each year.  All Silver Award winners are then considered for a Gold Award which will be announced at a star-studded Pearson Teaching Awards UK Ceremony which is held in London in October and filmed and broadcast on BBC2.


The Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year

The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School

The Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School

The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School

The Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School

The Award for Excellence in Special Needs Teaching

The Award for FE Team of the Year

The Award for FE Lecturer of the Year

The Award for Outstanding use of Technology in Education

The Award for Lifetime Achievement

The Award for Outstanding School Team of the Year

The Award for Teaching Assistant of the Year

If you would like to nominate one of our teaching staff or send a thank you card, please select the link:

The school has received the Eco School's Bronze award for our achievement in working towards a sustainable lifestyle


afPE is delighted to award the school the Quality Mark with Distinction for ‘demonstrating outstanding commitment to improvement in Physical Education and Sport’.

The school has won the Judicium Health and Safety Award 2016 for high standards of health and safety.

In 2016, for the second year running, our Principal, Mrs McDonald was shortlisted for the Headteacher of the Year Award at the Times Educational Supplement Awards. The ceremony took place in Mayfair, London at the Grovesnor House Hotel on June 24th 2016.

We were very close to winning this award this year, but were placed as a runner up.

Our Academy was very successful in 2016 at the Gainsborough Standard Community Awards, winning the following awards: 

Mr Lovelidge – Best Teacher

Mrs McDonald – Best head teacher

Miss McDonald – Certificate of recognition for her work in the community

Miss Pridgeon – Teaching Assistant of the Year

In May 2016, we were shortlisted for the Pupil Premium awards run by the DFE. This is a very special government award given to schools who make a real difference to their pupils who often have additional needs. We were one of only two academies shortlisted so are very proud. The ceremony was held in London on 12th May 2016, and the school was a runner up in second place.

In 2015 we were shortlisted for Early Years Setting of the Year 2015 and Head teacher of the Year 2015.

We were in the top 8 schools and academies in the whole of the UK and this was a great honour. The ceremony was held at the Grosvernor House Hotel in Mayfair, London and Mrs McDonald, Mr Lovelidge, Miss McDonald and Miss Thorpe represented the academy. Mrs McDonald and the Academy both received certificates of recognition for their work.

Mrs McDonald was also nominated for the National Pearson Teaching Awards and was awarded a certificate of recognition from these awards too.

In 2015, Mr Lovelidge and Miss McDonald were shortlisted for Teacher of the Year Award with the Gainsborough Standard. Mr Lovelidge received a certificate of special recognition and Miss McDonald won the Teacher of the Year 2015 award. They were both also nominated by their classes for the Teacher of the Year award with the Lincolnshire Echo and again Miss McDonald won the Teacher of the Year award 2015.