Morecambe primary school up for top education award

Teaching Assistant Carol Bonehill in the space suit at Morecambe Bay Primary School, with 'Sam the Dog', the Morecambe Midland Hotels lucky dog mascot, before blasting a smaller version of Sam into orbit.
Teaching Assistant Carol Bonehill in the space suit at Morecambe Bay Primary School, with 'Sam the Dog', the Morecambe Midland Hotels lucky dog mascot, before blasting a smaller version of Sam into orbit.
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A Morecambe school is celebrating after it was shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Morecambe Bay Primary School has been named in the final four in the Most Inspirational School of the Year category at the Educate Awards 2016.

The awards are described as the biggest celebration of educ ation in the North West.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Liverpool Cathedral on November 18.

The event celebrates the excellence of schools in Lancashire, Cheshire and the Liverpool city region.

Hundreds of entries were sent in across the 21 award categories.

Also shortlisted in the category are New Park Primary School in Liverpool, Leamington Community Primary School in Liverpool and Barnton Community Primary School in Northwich.

Trudi Wilkinson, business manager at the school, said she felt the school’s pastoral team, its work with children with special educational needs and its science project earlier this year where children blasted a soft toy dog into space had been instrumental in them being shortlisted.

The story of Sam the Dog went global in April after the cuddly canine was shot into orbit from the roof of the Midland hotel as part of a school science project.

Incredible hi-tec images showed him reaching an altitude of 25km above the earth by helium balloon.

But then the balloon popped and the dog became detached during re-entry.

Despite a worldwide search Sam has never been found.

But the pupils still got to learn all about space travel through the innovative mission and even got to visit the DLR School Lab at the German Aerospace Centre in Cologne.

The school on Euston Road has 330 pupils and 55 members of staff.