Winners announced at 2013 Education Business Awards
Schools from across the UK were recognised for their achievements yesterday at the 2013 Education Business Awards, sponsored by Rathbones.
Taking place at The Emirates Stadium in North London, the Awards, now in their eighth year, saw schools presented with accolades in 21 categories by former Olympic Athelete Roger Black MBE. The winners and commended schools are:
Outstanding Progress Award - Primary
sponsored by DOHR
Winner: Littleworth Grange Primary Academy, Barnsley
Now part of the Navigate Academies Trust, Littleworth Grange has seen a dramatic turnaround in results since 2009. 92% of its pupils got pass grades in their SATS in 2012, compared to 32% three years ago. Named as the ‘Most Improved School in the North’ last year and the third most improved in the country, close working between school staff and the sponsor will ensure future success.
Victoria Junior School, Cumbria
Ridgeway Primary School, Reading
Thornhill Primary School, Southampton
Henry Fawcett Primary School, London
Outstanding Progress Award - Secondary
sponsored by NEC Display Solutions
Winner: Seaham School of Technology, County Durham
Two and a half years out of Special Measures, Seaham is one of the most improved schools in England. In 2013, 100% of students gained 5A*-C, 71% gained 5A*-C including English and Maths. The school has demonstrated a relentless focus on improving outcomes in key areas. Its work with Pupil Premium students has been recognised by Ofsted. SEN improvements have enhanced the life chances of vulnerable students.
Ivybridge Community College, Devon
Hove Park School and Sixth Form College, East Sussex
Blackburn Central High School, Lanchashire
Tiffin School, Kingston-upon-Thames
Outstanding Progress Award - Independent School
sponsored by Rathbones
Winner: Guildford High School, Surrey
Named as 2012 Independent School of the Year by the Sunday Times, Guildford High School continues to reach exceptionally high standards. In March this year, it was awarded National Teaching School status by the National College for School Leadership and is the lead school for a programme which spans the 10 independent schools and 22 academies within the United Learning group.
Westminster School, London
Brighton College, East Sussex
Withington Girls School, Manchester
Epsom College, Surrey
Outstanding Academy Award
sponsored by EXA Networks
Winner: Oasis Academy Brightstowe
Oasis Academy Brightstowe in north Bristol became an academy in September 2008 and was the most improved school in the country last year. With Maths, ICT and Business and Enterprise as specialisms, increased curriculum time for the core subjects has had a significant effect on students’ outcomes. The percentage of pupils that achieved 5+ A* to C (including English and maths) in 2013 was 30 per cent higher than two years ago and the Academy has benefitted from being part of the wider Oasis family.
Bushey Academy, Herts
Merchant’s Academy, Bristol
Oasis Academy Shirley Park
City Academy, Norwich
School Recruitment Award
sponsored by Eteach
Winner: Kent County Council Schools
Kent is a huge county with large areas of social deprivation and parts that are perceived as remote and inaccessible. The Council has experienced difficulties in recruiting experienced teachers, particularly in STEM subjects. After reviewing the requirements, it decided on a more radical approach to campaigning through its social media channels, which promoted the benefits of living in Kent. A competition on Facebook invited teachers to explain what their life could be like if they lived in Kent, with entrants asked to submit a story and the winner receiving an all-expenses paid trip to the County. Traffic to the recruitment website at www.kent-teach.com increased considerably, with over 500 new users registering.
Bolton Muslim Girls’ School (BMGS)
SEN Inclusion Award
sponsored by Mike Ayres Designs
Winner: Walthamstow Academy, London
Walthamstow Academy’s inclusion programmes are highly successful, and the gap between SEN students and their peers is reducing significantly. In 2012, 80% of SEN students achieved five or more A* to C grades at GCSE - a 26% improvement from 2010. The Academy has now been given a seal of approval after the recently awarded Inclusion Quality Mark designates the academy a Centre of Excellence - one of only seven in the country. As a Centre of Excellence, the academy will share its good practice with local schools. It has already identified a number of ways in which it will enhance its practice yet further including the provision of appropriate careers advice for students with SEN, and ontinuing to improve their voice at the academy.
Newhall Green School, Manchester
Howard of Effingham School, Surrey
SEN Provision Award
sponsored by Mike Ayres Designs
Winner: Springfields Academy, Wiltshire
Springfields Academy in Wiltshire is a specialist sports college for children living with autism and challenging emotional and social difficulties. It houses almost 100 boarding pupils with 500 day pupils ranging from ages 7-17. In February this year it was judged Outstanding by Ofsted and in April was awarded £2.8 million by the Education Funding Agency to build 16 new classrooms. An all-weather pitch surface is used by numerous clubs within the community. Springfield’s ‘Extreme Classrooms’ are designed to embed a sense of well being in young people by enabling them to find their strengths, and promote learning outside the classroom, whether collecting mini bugs on site, Forest Schools or trekking to Everest Base Camp.
Brookfields Specialist SEN School, Reading
Bradstow School, Kent
sponsored by Lab Systems Furniture
Winner: Northbury Junior School, Barking
Pupils at Northbury Junior School in Barking benefit from the enthusiasm of Kulvinder Johal, who has worked tirelessly for more than 20 years at the school to further pupils’ understanding of science. Kulvinder delivers INSET and supports staff in delivering and assessing science lessons. She has developed developed outdoor learning programmes which have contributed to the school receiving the Silver Primary Science Quality Mark - an award scheme to enable primary schools across the UK to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their science provision. Kulvinder won the Society of Biology’s Primary Science Teacher of the Year gong in 2012. This recognised her outstanding and inspirational teaching of science and the natural world.
The Derby High School, Bury
Denbigh Community Primary School, Tyne and Wear
School Catering Award
sponsored by ParentPay
Winner: Manchester Health Academy, Wythenshawe
In July this year, Wythenshawe’s Manchester Health Academy became the first school in the UK to receive the Children’s Food Trust Award, which recognised its efforts to champion healthy eating by engaging with students in creative and imaginative ways. The academy operates a healthy lunch box policy and works closely lead sponsor, the Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust, to embed health across the curriculum.
St Joseph’s Specialist School and College, Surrey
Ravenscliffe High School and Sport College, Halifax
Ernulf Academy, St. Neots, Cambs
Brook Green Centre for Learning, Plymouth
School Building Award
Presented to the establishment that has provided what is judged to be the most technically advanced building constructed for the purpose of a teaching present and future pupils.
Winner: Newlands School, Southwark
Conpleted through the abandoned Building Schools for the Future programme, Newlands School accommodates up to 70 boys from all over London aged 11 to 16 with emotional and behavioural problems. The new building has been specially designed in consultation with teachers, governors and students to provide superb facilities for sport, design, construction, hospitality and catering, art and the performing arts alongside specialist teaching focus on literacy and numeracy. Large windows in every room flood the space with natural light. The accessible and welcoming environment and blends in with the local area with the original London brick design.
Lauriston School, Hackney, London
Kingswood Academy, Hull
Environmental Building Award
sponsored by SE Controls
Awarded to the school building project that can demonstrate a benefit to both the learning and local environment through its design.
Winner: Reading Blue Coat School (Richard Aldworth Building)
Named after the Reading Blue Coat School’s founder, The Richard Aldworth Building is a new 23-classroom block that provides first-class teaching facilities for a number of major departments. Architects Barnsley, Hewitt and Malinson designed it to fit harmoniously with the oldest building on the school site, and a host of environmental features include a ground-source heat pump, underfloor heating and rainwater recycling. The deep roof overhang and window shades keep the temperature cool during the summer while a tall atrium with a glass roof running the length of the building brings in natural light. Accessible toilets on both levels and a lift also feature.
Abercynon Community Primary School
Clements New Primary School, Suffolk
ICT Innovation Award
sponsored by FSE Design
Winner: Oak Lodge School for Deaf Children, Wandsworth
Oak Lodge School for Deaf Children provides specialist education for 85 students from 30 London boroughs. Visualising Sound - The Creative Balham Project is Art teacher Darryl Bedford’s innovative question: Can you see sound? In phase one, deaf students’ explored their understanding of sound and music by responding to a visit to ‘Stomp’, creating sound and movement compositions using iPads. They developed vocabulary using animation and improved understanding of sound by using digital visualisation. Phase two saw the project extended to include three local mainstream schools. Darryl Bedford was recently named an ‘Apple Distinguished Educator’ and now runs the project with Year 10 GCSE students.
Langley Grammar School, Berkshire
Anson Primary School, London
ICT Facility Award
sponsored by Experian
Winner: Bushey Academy, Herts
The Bushey Academy has placed placing ICT at the heart of its successful learning environment. Academy staff and students moved into their new building in December 2012 to enjoy some of the finest educational facilities in the country. Everything is built around a central, three storey market place and includes an Internet Café with 30 Macs for use before and after school; a dedicated PC lab with 60 computers; a Science Mega-lab; The Cube Theatre with state of the art a/v equipment, Mac suites for art, TV and music departments; multi-media suites for photo editing and Kindles and laptops available from the library. The end-to-end ICT solution was supplied by Viglen in a £1.8 million five-year contract.Bushey Academy, Herts
Hastings Academy, East Sussex
New North Academy, London
Academy Finance Award
sponsored by Rathbones
Winner: Walsall Academy, West Midlands
This year Wallsall Academy also celebrated its tenth since opening. Specialising in technology, science and performing arts and sponsored by the Mercers’ Company of the City of London, it’s latest report shows a healthy balance sheet and sufficient cash reserves which demonstrate strong control and financial management. Finance director Adrian Bowater sits on the Education Funding Agencies’ Academies finance and assurance steering group.
Capital City Academy, London
St Mark’s Academy, Mitcham
Landau Forte College, Derby
Westminster Academy, London
Academy Partnership Award
sponsored by ESPO
Winner: Baxter College / H.E.L.P, Worcester
Habberley Educational Learning Partnership (H.E.L.P.) arose from the demise of the Building Schools for the Future initiative. Enthusiasm generated from working together led to an ambitious plans submitted to the DfE involving a brand new Special School with residential block, a 13 laboratory science block, an early years hub with nursery provision, artificial floodlit pitches, associated car parking and landscape work. Baxter College’s contribution was to provide the land. A Joint Management Committee will oversee community usage once the development is completed. The collaboration will open up an exciting range of possibilities for integration, learning advancement and employment.
The Nuneaton Academy / MIRA
Academy 360 / Gentoo, Sunderland
Academy Development Award
sponsored by OKI
Winner: Appleton Academy, Bradford
Named after the Nobel Prize winning scientist from Bradford, Edward Appleton, £22 million Appleton Academy is the transformation of two existing schools into one new all-through 3-16 academy for 1,300 pupils. Opened in September 2012 ahead of schedule, The design of the academy interlinks three phases of learning: lower, middle and upper, in a single circular building around a naturally landscaped garden. Learners grow clockwise around the circle with the building stepping up in scale as they progress. Shared spaces such as the library, collaboration spaces and theatre are set as elements in the central garden.
Grace Academy, Darlaston
North Durham Academy
sponsored by Air Structures International
Winner: The Harefield Academy, Middlesex
Based near Uxbridge, the Harefield Academy is a centre of academic excellence renowned locally and nationally for its sporting excellence. It works closely with many local clubs and national associations. The school’s wide range of extra curricular sporting opportunities are evidenced by national championship titles in football, table tennis, ice dance, quad biking and cycling, National and European success in swimming, and World success in gymnastics. The Sporting Excellence programme between the Academy and Watford FC provides opportunities for students to be trained by professional coaches and take part in matches against Watford FC’s Youth team. Basketball, Gynmastics Cricket and Golf are also highlighted as part of the Sporting Excellence roster.
Redwood School, Rochdale
Dorrington Academy, Birmingham
Educational Visits Award
sponsored by WST Travel
Winner: Ashley CofE Primary School, Surrey
At the end of Year Six at Ashley CofE Primary School, the children’s learning culminates with an expedition to Chamonix in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. This takes place over five days where the children design ways to ensure the well-being of Chamonix through five themes: energy, food, water, waste and transport. At the end of each day children and adults alike make a pledge to improve the way they live their lives. Since its inception six years ago, two more schools have taken up the programme.
Tavistock College, Devon
Shenley Brook End School, Milton Keynes
Abbey Manor College, London
sponsored by CPS Manufacturing Co
Winner: All Saints’ C of E Primary, Essex
Many years of enthusiastic and dedicated singing in assemblies, the classroom and even on the way to lunch has earned pupils and staff at All Saints Primary in Maldon the Sing Up Platinum School Award. The school has also worked with its local secondary the Plume, Maldon Choral Society and the Maldon Youth Orchestra and takes part each year in the Barnados children’s concert at the Royal Albert Hall where pupils are regularly chosen to sing solo. Its Summer Music Concert showcased the depth of musical talent at the school. The Sing Up Award was presented by Maldon MP John Whittingdale at a special assembly which featured former pupil Charlotte Hume,who is just embarking on her singing career and who performed a self-penned song.
Nottingham High School, Nottingham
Kings School, Grantham, Lincs
School Security Award
presented by Education Business
Winner: Brentford School for Girls, Middlesex
Based in Ventnor, St. Francis Primary School is one of the Isle of Wight’s leading new schools. It was completed in the summer of 2012 and was designed to inspire and offer pupils the very latest in resources and technology. Fire safety and security is well catered for. Full CCTV and PC-based access control systems allow monitored and restricted access throughout the school. Monitored fire and security alarms provide increased protection - the integrated systems were provided using Honeywell Security products, including supplementary services such as induction loops and WC emergency call systems. This allowed continuity of design throughout the project, which was delivered on time and within budget.
St Francis Catholic and Church of England Primary School, Isle of Wight
Samuel Cody School, Hampshire
Art & Craft Award
Winner: Durham Johnston School
Durham Johnston School is a large 11-18 comprehensive school which has gained an enviable reputation for the skilful work if its students. This has been reflected in the school’s success in achieving a Saatchi prize and selection for the Royal Academy of Arts Online A-level exhibition. From the start of school in Year 7, students learn about visual concepts and how to apply them. Individual projects teach students how to explore and use colour with increasing skill and sensitivity. Printmaking and painting combine to improve drawing skills, and photography enables students to explore topics, ideas and observations extensively, and provides are a rich source of discussion between students and teachers as ideas progress.
Trinity School, Lewisham
Burntwood School, London