Teachers’ dedication and children’s hard work were honoured during the Lynn News Education awards.
Hundreds of pupils, parents, teachers and friends gathered at Lynnsport to highlight the area’s educational success stories on Wednesday.
Big winners were Brancaster Primary School and King’s Lynn Academy.
Lynn News acting editor Mark Leslie said the awards showed chief inspector of schools Sir Michael Wilshaw had been wrong when he suggested children were “unlucky” to be educated in Norfolk.
He said: “There is so much innovation and inspirational work.”
Former headteacher Mike Foot, who judged many of the categories, made a passionate defence of the profession, claiming too much of the criticism levelled at teachers was “destructive”.
He said: “The more confident our teachers are, the better morale – and more likely they are to perform at their best.
“We denigrate our teachers at their peril and to the detriment of our children.”