Top teachers and star pupils proved they had made the grade by picking up gongs in The Star’s first Best in Education awards.
Staff, as well as students, from schools across South Yorkshire were honoured for going the extra mile in a special ceremony last night.
All the winners had been nominated for their hard work or dedication by colleagues or teachers.
Teacher of the year was Dr Debbie Eldridge, now head of biology at King Ecgbert School in Dore, who received scores of nominations from pupils.
Dr Eldridge, of Dore, told The Star: “I am really shocked.
“I think the really nice thing is that the students nominated me.”
A packed audience cheered a dozen winners - from Stocksbridge Nursery and Infant as school of the year to Sheffield High School’s movement squad as the top sports team - in the ceremony at the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria in Sheffield.
The youngest winner was most improved student William Gelsthorpe, aged 11.
The Sheffield St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School pupil won after transforming his reading, writing and maths with an ‘excellent attitude’.
William, who thanked his teachers said: “I am really happy - I have been working very hard.
“I have improved a lot, and I am going to carry on.”
Taylor Wimpey was the main sponsor of the awards.
n See Thursday’s Star for a special awards supplement.