2019/20 winners of Step into the NHS primary schools' competition

We’d like to thank all the schools and pupils who submitted entries into the 2019/20 Step into the NHS primary schools' competition.

The competition saw an impressive 1,871 entries from more than 3,000 pupils in 273 schools from all over England. This year, the competition was particularly meaningful as it gave pupils the chance to say thank you to NHS staff for their work to fight COVID-19. 

Top row: South West; East Midlands; Kent, Surrey and Sussex; North West. Middle row: East of England; London; North East; Thames Valley and Wessex. Bottom row: West Midlands; Yorkshire and the Humber.

National winner

Our judges, A&E doctor and TV presenter Dr Ronx, professor of career education Tristram Hooley and teacher trainer Hannah Wilson chose Lucy Stephenson from Manor Primary School in Devon as our national winner! 

Lucy, who is in year 5, created a catchy and inspiring song about some of the careers in the NHS.  Her entry stood out to our judges, meaning that she scoops this year's top prize of a £50 Amazon voucher. Well done Lucy!

Lucy commented: "I really enjoy writing songs and performing them. In my song that I entered for the competition I mentioned biomedical scientists and radiographers as they were two of the jobs I researched. I am interested in science and am thinking about being a scientist in the future."

One of the Step into the NHS judges, Dr Ronx, commented: "Lucy's talent shone through and I was impressed. Well done!"

You can watch Lucy perform her song on Health Careers' YouTube channel.

Regional winners

We received some fantastic entries from all over England, and chose the best from each region. Highly commended certificates were also sent to entries on regional shortlists.  

East Midlands

Year 3 pupil Sia Kaiser from Kinoulton Primary School in Nottingham, who painted a colourful poster to thank the NHS, with a powerful 'I can be..' message.

East of England

Year 3 pupil Jayan Yogadeva from Loyola Preparatory School in Essex, who created a drawing of NHS staff members and accompanied it with a piece of writing to thank them.

Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Siblings Violet and Austin Smith, in years 4 and 5, from Sutton Valence Preparatory School in Kent, for creating a poster of a multi-coloured rainbow made up of NHS roles.


Year 5 pupil Amelie Croke from Blessed Dominic Catholic Primary School in north-west London, who created a decorative floor art design.

North East

Year 4 pupil Isla Jarrett from Morpeth First School in Northumberland, who designed a colourful poster thanking NHS staff including nurses, cooks, doctors and physiotherapists.

North West

Year 4 pupil Skyla Hales from Mytham Primary School in Bolton, who put together a well-researched set of presentation slides to thank a number of local NHS staff.

Thames Valley and Wessex

Year 4 pupil Aaron Miah from Leweston Prep School in Dorset, who wrote a heartfelt poem and recited it on video. You can watch it on the Health Careers' YouTube channel here.

West Midlands 

Year 6 pupil Louie Moseley from St Michael's Church of England School in Walsall, who created a poster with fun facts about the NHS.

Yorkshire and the Humber

Year 6 pupil Isabelle Turner from Saint Norbert's Catholic Primary School in Scunthorpe, who wrote a poem highlighting some of the roles in the NHS and thanking staff who fulfilled them.

2020/21 competition

The 2020/21 competition is now open with some exciting newly-designed resources. Visit the new-look Step into the NHS website for details.

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