Winners announced at 2014 Education Business Awards

The winners of the 2014 Education Business Awards were announced yesterday at a glittering Awards ceremony in London, presented by former Olympian Sharron Davies MBE.

Outstanding Progress Award - Secondary School
sponsored by NEC

Winner: Bishop Thomas Grant School, London

A strong focus on STEM subjects has consistently helped students to secure places at top universities. The Department for Education recently praised the ‘excellent progress’ made, in particular the work it does to help disadvantaged young people. Gifted and Talented Students, as well as those with SEN, are catered for in this ambitious and successful learning environment.

Commended: Charter Academy, Hampshire
Thomas Knyvett College, Middlesex
Burnt Mill Academy, Essex
Barnfield South Academy, Bedfordshire

Outstanding Progress Award - Primary School
sponsored by Elliotts Cleaning

Winner: Bourne Westfield Primary Academy
Bourne Westfield has been praised across the board in recent months for making unprecedented improvement in all areas. Teaching, pupil achievement, and behaviour and safety were all given a top rating in this year’s Ofsted report, with the schools aim to provide a ‘fun, caring and inspirational environment’ for pupils.

Commended: Hardwick Primary School, Derby
Netherfield Primary School, Nottinghamshire
Great Yarmouth Primary Academy, Norfolk
White Hall Academy, Essex

Outstanding Progress Award - Independent School
sponsored by Rathbones

Winner: King’s College School, London
King’s College strives to deliver one of the best educations in the world. Its most recent Independent Schools Inspectorate report saw it ranked as ‘excellent’ in every area, and last year, 14 students received a ‘perfect’ mark of 45 points in the International Baccalaureate, a result not seen in any other school in the world.

Commended: St Paul’s Girls’ School, London
Beech House School, Rochdale
Wycombe Abbey School, Buckinghamshire
Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate, York

SEN Provision Award
sponsored by nasen

Winner: Centre Academy, London
Centre Academy teaches skills and strategies that enable students with dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, dyspraxia and other learning difficulties to succeed. Pupils are given a personalised, holistic curriculum and a range of activities including chess, sports and computer programming.

Commended: Oakleigh School, London
Adelaide School, Cheshire

SEN Inclusion Award
sponsored by OKI

Winner: Corsham Primary, Wiltshire
A robust Inclusion Policy at this years’ winning school has been acknowledged externally through the Inclusion Mark award,  and enables children to develop skills to excel beyond their potential across all areas of the curriculum.

Commended: Longthorpe Primary, Peterborough
Oxhey Wood Primary School, Watford
St James CE VA Primary School, Northampton
Wanstead High School, London

Academy Partnership Award
sponsored by ESPO

Winner: Westwood Academy, Coventry
Westwood Academy works with many local, national and international companies to provide an excellent education for its students.  Working with a ‘family’ of local primary schools, the school also has a clearly defined policy that aids pupils’ successful transition and provides strong support at both individual and group level.

Commended: Arnold Academy, Bedforshire
George Spencer Academy, Nottingham

School Procurement Award
sponsored by Wesleyan

Winner: Ashcombe Primary School, Somerset
One of the UK’s first ‘flat pack’ schools was built for less than £5 million pounds and had no hidden extras due. The contractor teamed up with a local authority procurement body to help deliver the project with cast iron guarantees on quality, cost and timescale.  The school was opened 18 months after initial plans were made.

Commended: Millfield County Primary, Staffordshire
Billing Brook School Academy Trust, Northampton
Langley Hall Primary Academy, Berkshire

School Recruitment Award
sponsored by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation

Winner: Reach Academy, Middlesex

The winning school became the first free school to receive an outstanding Ofsted report. This was aided by a recruitment process which helped find experienced teaching staff for a school that serves a disadvantaged community.

Commended: The Pathfinder Teaching School Alliance, Yorkshire
School Challenge Cymru
Milton Keynes Academy, Buckinghamshire
The Red Kite Alliance

Personal Finance Education Award
sponsored by Rathbones

Winner: St. Mary's School
This years winner recently became a Centre of Excellence for an educational charity dealing with Personal Finance Education. and students will work closely over the coming years to develop inspiring learning programmes, ensuring financial education is achievable and exemplary.

Commended: George Mitchell School, London
Thomas Keble School, Gloucestershire

Excellence in Health & Safety Award
sponsored by IOSH

Winner: Linden Lodge School, Wimbledon, London
The very nature of the children’s needs at this years winning school means most activities are potentially hazardous, but risks are minimised and dealt with in a ‘thought-thorough’ manner. All staff work to ensure the school is a safe and happy place to be, and 10 years of ‘Outstanding’ recognition by Ofsted is underpinned by sound Health and Safety practice.

Innovation in Health & Safety Award
sponsored by IOSH

Winner: St Laurence CofE Primary School, Shropshire

St Laurence goes to a school which demonstrated an astute grasp of how to lobby both local and national government to improve the safety of their environment.  After concerns were raised regarding the safety of children and families crossing roads on the way to school, the pupils in class six at St. Laurence Primary, pupils conducted a survey of local residents and were invited them to the House of Common to present their case by the local MP.

Commended: Maltings Academy, Essex
Leas Park Junior School, Nottinghamshire

School Security Award
sponsored by SECOM

Winner: Holy Trinity Primary School, Essex
Amid fears that crime in the area was posing a threat to pupil safety, this years’ winner demonstrated a public commitment to pupil and staff safety by installing electronic gates, an intercom system and 24 hour CCTV cameras. Staff are well trained in the principles of Child Protection and every member of the teaching staff has a workplace first aid qualification.

Commended: Sandon Business, Enterprise and Arts College, Stoke-on-Trent
Our Lady and St Chad’s Catholic Sports College, Wolverhampton

School Catering Award
sponsored by MIW Water Coolers

Winner: Abbey School, Kent
The winning school guarantees that 75 per cent of all dishes served are freshly prepared and contain mean from farms with high welfare standards and eggs from cage-free hens. It also has its own allotments which are maintained by students from year 7.

Commended: St Mary Magdalen RC Primary School, London
Kearsley West Primary School, Bolton
St Hilda’s Independent Day School, Essex
Woodland High School, London
Abbey School, Kent

School Building Award
sponsored by the Modular Portable Building Association

Winner: Drapers Academy, Havering
State-of-the-art facilities saw this years winning school shortlisted for an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects.The building was praised for its layered brick work, innovative indoor ‘street’, communal courtyard, and layout of the classrooms and hallways.

Commended: The Garden, London
Whitehorse Manor Junior School, Croydon
Highgate Independent School, London
St Silas C of E Primary School, Blackburn

ICT Facility Award
sponsored by Ultimaker

Winner: Warlingham Park School, Surrey
An investment project has transformed the winner’s IT infrastructure and provision. The new network enables fast transfer of data throughout the site, with high-end PCs tailored to children of primary age.

Commended: Uxbridge High School, Middlesex
Selby High School, Leeds

ICT Innovation Award
sponsored by Kyocera

Winner: Fulford School, Yorkshire
This years’ winner runs ICT activity clubs where sixth formers share advice and help younger students. These include a successful after school ‘Raspberry pi e’ club where pupils learn about programming.

Commended: Burntwood Academy for Girls, London
Gladesmore Community School, London
Beechwood Park School, Hertforsdshire
Casllwchwr Primary School, Swansea

School Music Award
sponsored by Stage Systems

Winner: Lindley Junior School, West Yorkshire
Music is the heart of this years winning school and can be school, which operates a successful choir which participates many competitions throughout the country, including the BBC’s Songs of Praise.

Commended: Northampton School for Girls, Northampton
The Jo Richardson Community School, London
Sherborne Girls’ School, Dorset
Netherfield Primary School, Nottingham

Science Award
sponsored by Lab Systems Furniture

Winner: Dr Thomlinsons Middle School, Northumberland
Dr Thomlinsons Middle School, school challenged pupils in science, maths and geography to design strategies to limit the devastating effects of flooding in the area, the results of which should make a real difference.

Commended: New Inn Primary School, Pontypool
Portsmouth High School, Portsmouth
Corby Technical School, Northampton

Educational Visits Award
sponsored by the Rainforest Cafe

Winner: Burnham Grammar School, Buckinghamshire
Burnham Grammar school operates an extended educational visits policy which is linked with local business, providing opportunities for the future as well as to enhance students’ learning. Next year, the school is planning a visit to Ghana to work within a community to build a sanitation structure.

Commended: Rodillian Academy, Leeds
Whitecross Hereford High School, Hereford
Harbour Primary School, Newhaven

School Sports Award
presented by Education Business

Winner: Chobham Academy
Chobham Academy recently received accolades for its international practice in developing independent learning in Physical Edfucation, and with a wide range of activities on offer, the Olympic legacy inspires pupils to succeed.

Commended: Stockland Primary Academy, Devon
Great Baddow Academy, Essex
Plymstock School, Plymouth
St Luke’s Science and Sports College, Exeter

Environmental Building Award
presented by Education Business

Winner: Montgomery Primary School, Exeter
The winning school is the first Passivhaus (Passive House) energy efficinent school to be built in the UK and recently scooped a Building Performance award from the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers. The project also involved the construction of a 26-place nursery, a car park, sports surfaces and landscaped gardens.

Commended: Grasvenor Avenue Infant School, London
Coleg Cymunedol y Dderwen, Bridgend
Preston Manor Lower School, London

Community Award
presented by Education Business

Winner: Eastlands Primary School, Warwickshire
A successful e-safety campaign at this years winning school raised awareness about cyber bullying through a play and a pupil made film. This won praise from the European Commission.

Commended: Park View School, Durham
Southfield School, Northamptonshire
Marfields Primary Academy, Cheshire
St. Paul's School, London