A SPONSOR of this year's Community Pride Awards is urging Press readers to nominate great schools and inspirational teachers for a prestigious accolade.

York-based recruitment agency, WorkwithSchools, says it is "delighted" to sponsor two categories in this year’s awards - Teacher of the Year and School of the Year.

Based at the top of the Shambles, WorkwithYork, incorporating WorkwithSchools, is supporting the awards for a second year.

It recruits for a range of permanent, temporary and supply jobs, on a part and full-time basis in and around York.

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Karen Bull, operations manager, said: "We were truly inspired by last year’s awards event and are proud to support local schools and teachers again this year.

"These awards are a fantastic chance to celebrate the great work carried out by York teachers and schools. Our origins are in education and we continue to work closely with many schools, expertly recruiting teachers and support staff for all sorts of educational clients in York and beyond.

"We are delighted to be at the heart of our local community in our sponsorship of these awards".

She added: "The awards are well deserved by all the nominees and The Community Pride Awards are a perfect platform to recognise great schools and inspirational staff, we’d encourage parents, pupils and colleagues to nominate the teachers and schools that go ‘above and beyond’ in their community".

Last year, Sue Cordell was named Teacher of the Year for teaching children at Millthorpe School for more than 25 years and was honoured as a valuable asset to the next generation of teachers.

Meanwhile, Westfield Primary School won School of the Year.

The Community Pride Awards are run by The Press in partnership with City of York Council and the primary sponsor is York-based healthcare organisation Benenden.

All nominees must live in, or contribute to life in, the City of York Council area.

Three finalists from each category will be invited to the awards ceremony at York Racecourse in October, when the winners will be revealed.

Entries can be submitted to York Community Pride Awards, The Press, 84-86 Walmgate, York, YO1 9YN.

You can also nominate online at yorkpress.co.uk/communitypride

The closing date for entries is Friday, July 21.