TES Schools Awards 2013
Let's celebrate the teachers and schools that inspire
The TES Schools Awards celebrate those schools, individuals and teams whose dedication, innovation, and hard work are making a real difference for their pupils and their communities.
The award categories target excellence across the whole school, from headteacher of the year or inspirational teacher of the year, to all-new awards for literacy and English, maths and numeracy, science, humanities, creativity, and much more.
Congratulations to all our winners...
To view the winners list please click here.
Trystan Williams, The Springfields Academy, Overall School of the Year 2012 and the Outstanding Special Needs School of the Year 2012
WINNER “For the pupils, staff and governing body of Wade Deacon High School, winning the “Outstanding Secondary School of the Year” Award reaffirmed to every member of our community the values and expectations which we implement on a daily basis. The award not only provided an opportunity to celebrate the work that we do, but also justified why we feel we are a thriving and striving community which enables our students to succeed both academically and in making a positive contribution. There is still a definite “buzz” and sense of pride which is clearly evident throughout the school. The award has also offered a challenge for Wade Deacon. As a school, we will not rest on our laurels but will continue to move forward to ensure that we provide our pupils with a curriculum and educational experience that will stimulate, challenge and engage. We are preparing to move into a brand new building in April which will enable staff and pupils to work in state of the art facilities and open the next chapter in Wade Deacon’s long history in Widnes. On behalf of all members of Wade Deacon High School, I should like to thank the “Times Educational Supplement”. I would certainly encourage schools to apply for the awards as, even if schools are not shortlisted, the application process enables schools to reflect and celebrate what has been achieved.”
Mrs Pam Wright OBE, Wade Deacon High School, Outstanding Secondary School of the Year 2012
John Finlayson, Portree Primary School, Outstanding Sporting Initiative or Partnership 2012
WINNER: “We were absolutely delighted to receive this prestigious award which was the pinnacle of all the hard work and effort that the school had made. A whole team of people including teachers, catering staff, grounds staff, horticultural leaders and our fundraiser had worked together to achieve a Healthy Eating school, with the culture of healthy food going right from the seed to the table. It was a fantastic recognition for the all staff and pupils.”
Carol Davey, St Joseph's Specialist School and College, Healthy Eating Award 2012
WINNER: “Receiving this award has had a definite, positive effect on the school as a whole. Firstly, it has given recognition to the Senior Leadership Team for researching such an innovative approach to learning. It has also given credit to the efforts of the previous Head of School for her role in implementing Bansho Maths, which has had a positive impact on raising standards. Due to the national attention the award has drawn to the school, the staff members at Gosberton Academy have gained confidence in sharing outstanding practice with educators across the country. Ultimately, this award has acknowledged the pupils’ enthusiastic approach to trying new methods in maths; thus challenging them to reach their full potential.”
Bruce Johnson, Gosberton Academy, Outstanding Literacy or Numeracy Initiative 2012
WINNER “We were so delighted to have been shortlisted, we never thought for one minute we would win. It is a great feeling. The phone has not stopped ringing; my chair of Trustees said he felt proud to be associated with our School. How great is that!”
Christina Wells, Principal, The New School at West Heath, Sevenoaks, Kent Special Needs School of the Year 2011
Ellen McVea, Shimna Integrated College, Newcastle, Co Down Community Partnership Award 2011
WINNER “I was initially delighted that our unique work in providing sporting opportunities for pupils with a wide range of disabilities was shortlisted in April. This alone gave all connected with the school a fantastic boost and recognition of the achievements of the young people at Redwood School. This is the first time since we opened in 2007 that we have been in a position to put ourselves forward with the educational elite and to be announced as winners of the award by such a prestigious panel has been the highlight of my headship so far. The occasion itself was a celebration of the achievements of schools from across the country and to be involved in such a glorious day will be in my memory for a long time. The TES produced an `Oscar` style awards ceremony which I feel will go from strength to strength and we will hopefully be involved again next year ! Many thanks to all at the TES for organising such a brilliant day!”
Stuart Pidgeon, Headteacher, Redwood School Rochdale Sporting Initiative or Partnership 2011
Claire Robins, Headteacher, Sir John Lawes School, Harpenden, Hertfordshire School Website of the Year 2011
WINNER “Winning the award has taken us to another level. There have been a lot of direct spin-offs, one of which was the papal visit. Oona Stannard, the head of the Catholic Education Service, invited us to Twickenham where one of our pupils presented a book to the Pope. You cannot buy the impact it has on the school’s reputation. It is such a great award to win.”
David Deane, St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School, Salford Primary School of the Year 2010
Brian Lally, St John Plessington Catholic College, Wirral Secondary School of the Year 2010
WINNER “We have had lots of visitors, mainly teachers, many from Special Schools as well as educationalists who work for different authorities all wishing to visit to see what we are doing within the school that resulted in us winning the TES School Award. This is a wonderful recognition to have for the school. As headteacher I was extremely proud to receive the award. It is a real reward for the whole team”
Maxine Pittaway, St Christopher’s School, Wrexham Special Needs School of the Year 2010
Nick Capstick, Drove Primary, Swindon Community Involvement Award 2009
WINNER “It’s been tremendously positive. A lot of it has been almost intangible...for example the extra kudos it’s given us and the support it gives for our general ethos. It’s also been terrific for our public profile, and we use the logo everywhere – on our website, on our letterheads and we proudly display the trophy. I’ve also found that its helped us with recruiting staff – they want to work for a school that’s won an award like this. And internally it’s been great – it’s made the kids feel really proud to be part of the school; there’s a palpable feeling of achievement and being part of a winning team”.
Daniel Conner, Associate Principle, Denbigh High School Secondary School of the year 2009
Shelia Ralph, Headteacher, Maltby Crags Infants Personalised Learning Initiative 2009
WINNER “Success breeds success; and we’ve gone on, building on our TESSA award to win a number of other accolades. It’s also helped enormously with growing the levels of parent involvement with the school; the impact there was really massive. Warrington’s League table confirms that we are one of the top performing schools for progress. We’ve had numerous visits from other heads to find out how we’ve done it, and we’ve had lots of TV and local press coverage. Barry Sherman MP came to visit my network “Innov8ed” schools in Warrington when he was researching his report on how ICT can impact on schools, and Ed Balls has mentioned us in Parliament too...it’s been amazing!”
Louise Smith, Evelyn Street Community Primary, Warrington Best e-learning initiative 2009
Peter Plummer, Ellis Guilford School and Sports College, Nottingham Literacy Initiative of the Year 2009
WINNER “Winning has raised the profile of the school locally, regionally and nationally and we’ve had schools from all over the country come to see the original facility we built. It’s also helped us with our bids for funding for the second phase – it added to our credibility and made it easier to get support and finance. “
Marie Rooney, Assistant Head, Beacon Hill, Tyne and Wear Special Needs initiative of the year 2009
Lynn Slinger, Forest Way School, Leicestershire New or refurbished primary school of the Year 2009
WINNER “Before we got the award we were a school with deeply rooted problems going back many years. When we got it, it had a huge impact as it signalled the change that was taking place. Staff were recognised, we had lots of local press coverage, we promote it on our website and our letterheads and its definitely helped us on many levels. Ofsted has acknowledged it too. Recently we were nominated as one of only five schools in the country to receive a Customer Excellence Award from the Cabinet office, and that was because of the TESSA. And it’s helped us get re-accredited with things like Investors in People. We’ve also had a number of heads coming here to learn how we do it. It’s been really, really good for us”
Jane Herriman, Headteacher, The Duston School Leadership team of the Year 2009
The TES Schools Awards are a celebration of the very best in education, a celebration of the initiatives schools take to better the lives of future generations, and a celebration of the people who make these initiatives happen.
See a great selection of photos from the 2013 Awards in our online photo gallery.
For four years the TES Schools Awards has championed the very best of teaching. Join those individuals and groups who together, have produced outstanding innovation in teaching and celebrate the people who make these initiatives happen.
Took place on Friday 5 July 2013
The Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, London