National recognition could soon come to three Lewisham and Greenwich schools after they were nominated for prestigious awards.

Myatt Garden Primary School, Rokeby Road, Lewisham, which has a strong history of igniting children's curiosity and imagination through art, has been nominated for Creative School of the Year at this year's Times Educational Supplement (TES) Awards.

Headteacher Sally Williams said: "Being shortlisted is a huge honour, it recognises the tireless efforts of all staff in bringing such a wide range of learning alive for our children."

Elsewhere, Dr Liz Jones, headteacher of Abbey Manor College, Falmouth Close, Lewisham, was shortlisted for a Headteacher of the Year award.

Dr Jones has shown inspirational leadership in a college for students who have previously been expelled from schools.

She said: "I'm very proud of our students and proud of what they've achieved and how they have turned their lives around."

Dr Jones said her greatest dreams for the school's future are to get an outstanding rating from Ofsted and added that setting up good contacts with future employers so students can move into work with special support would be "the icing on the cake."

Woolwich Polytechnic School, Hutchins Road, Thamesmead, which has received national recognition for the value it adds to students’ achievements at GCSE, has been shortlisted for the Secondary School of the Year award.

The nomination comes after the Schools, Students and Teachers Network identified Woolwich Poly is being in the top 10 per cent of schools nationally for progress made by pupils between their results at primary school and their GCSE results at 16.

TES editor Ann Mroz said: "This year’s entries were the strongest yet and demonstrated the depth of talent and commitment in our schools."

The winners will be revealed at a ceremony in London on June 19.