Winners announced at 2016 Education Business Awards

The Grange Hotel in St Paul’s once again played host to a fantastic afternoon celebrating the very best of the UK’s education sector at the Education Business Awards 2016.

While the national media is always quick to point out any failings within the sector, not enough is done to highlight the great work of educational professionals up and down the country. In the turbulent political times that lie ahead, this is more important than ever.

With 21 award categories, the Education Business Awards recognises a broad range of successes across the sector, from the School Building Award, sponsored by REC, which was picked up by Chalgrove Primary School, to the Educational Visits Award, sponsored by Rainforest Cafe, which was claimed by Ashby School.

In the Outstanding Progress for secondary schools category, sponsored by School Business Services, St Matthias School was recognised for its rapid progress after being placed into special measures following a poor Ofsted inspection two years ago. Under the leadership of head teacher Dean Coombes, the school is now rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted and sits in the top 10 nationally for the proportion of lower ability pupils who gain five or more GCSEs at grade C and above.

The Outstanding Progress in the primary sector category, sponsored by ESPO, was topped by Moreland Primary School after receiving its first ever ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted. The school was particularly praised for producing ‘exciting lessons’ and now looks towards an exciting future as it moves to a new school building.

St Joseph's College won the Outstanding Progress Award in the independent sector following a victory at the 2015 TES Independent School Awards. After reducing fees and increasing investment, the school has seen pupil numbers rise and stands as an example to the rest of the sector.

Karen Hopps, publisher, Education Business, said: “It is great to see so many people come together to celebrate the great work of the education sector, from teachers, to school business managers, through to catering staff.

“As the school year comes to an end the Education Business Awards is the perfect opportunity to look back and reflect on the hard work and dedication of education professionals. This year’s Awards saw a record number of entries and we were thrilled to see so many examples of excellence in education.

“I would like to congratulate all of the well deserved winners, but also those commended for their fantastic contributions. Thank you to everyone who attended and we encourage all schools to share their successes with us so we can continue to recognise the excellent work being done in schools across the UK.”

Testimonials

"The Education Business Awards 2016 provide a fantastic opportunity to endorse effective practice in the education sector. From a variety of education settings to established and growing companies, the event helps to not only benchmark class-leading provision, but assists the sector to consider best value products and good examples of impact in the classroom and beyond. A well-organised event, great for networking, I came away with some very useful new contacts.  I am looking forward to next year!" - Dave Smith, Chair of the Board of Management of Naace - The Education Technology Association

“The Education Business Awards showcase the unsung heroes of the education sector. While teachers don’t get nearly as much praise as they deserve, those responsible for overseeing the essential aspects of running a school such as recruiting staff, catering, security and procurement most certainly don’t. These awards are a important contribution towards changing that, and should be marked as an important date in the educational calendar.” - Patrick Hayes, Director, BESA

Fantastic venue, good food, great master of ceremonies and no long speeches. A welcome boost for anyone in the industry that is working hard to improve on what they do…Richard Whiting, Ballard School