Testimonials

"We are all so thrilled to have won. This award is a fantastic tribute to all the young people at Victoria Education Centre, their families and wonderful recognition for the amazing staff whose innovation, dedication, creativity and ongoing hard work are making such a difference to the lives and future success of the students. We are really proud that the achievements of our amazing young people have been recognised again on a national level."

Simon Brown, Headteacher, Victoria Education Centre, Poole
Digital innovation/ed tech school of the year 2017


"It was a fantastic feeling to win a Tes school award and it was a great affirmation after over a decade of working to promote healthy lifestyles at Farsley Farfield. The award has given us a massive lift and has inspired us to plan even bigger and better things for the future!" 

Peter Harris, Head teacher, Farsley Farfield Primary School
Healthy school of the year 2017


"The staff, governors and pupils at the Boxing Academy are pleased as punch with this award. We have built our school on the values and ethos of boxing as a force for good. To receive recognition at national level is wonderful. In truth, we thought we were too alternative even for the alternative category so it was a surprise and a delight to win." 

Anna Cain, Principal, The Boxing Academy
Alternative provision school of the year 2017

"What an absolute brilliant occasion for Parklands. I was so proud seeing our school picture come up on the shortlist but even I couldn't imagine (with 7 other schools with huge talent and success) that we would be name winners! I am still in a blur now. Oh how I wish I could have the moment again.... and again and again.
My thoughts were with the children and how this award is testimony to the 100% dedication and efforts that the children have given to me over the past three years. Things like this just don't happen to the children of Parklands in Seacroft. I can say that along with my children being born; Friday 23rd June 2018 is the proudest day of my life. Having Businesses believe in us and to share our journey .... and then to be recognised Nationally, quite simply wow!
I would just like to give special thanks to the attentiveness of all the staff from the TES on hand during the evening. I would also like to say a special thanks to the fantastic caterers who produced a mouth watering meal. Julian Clarey was the perfect host adding smiles to the evening.
Parklands has a bright future .... you guys just made it brighter."

Chris Dyson, Head Teacher, Parklands Primary School 
Collaboration award 2017

"Everton Nursery School and Family Centre are delighted to be recognised as the TES Early Years Setting of the Year 2017.  This is such an accolade and privilege and a proud opportunity for all our children and families, staff and governors.  We hope this recognition acknowledges the importance of high quality early years education and the need to invest in the early years workforce.  Thank you to everyone at TES for giving Everton Nursery School and Family Centre the award.  We will continue to pursue excellence at all times for very young children."

Dr. Lesley Curtis OBE, Headteacher/Head of Centre, Everton Nursery School and Family Centre
Early years setting of the year 2017


“It’s been the most amazing six months for Bolden Outdoor Nursery School. The emotions , feelings and camaraderie the evening creates get you through the toughest of days and the longest of terms. If you’re thinking of submitting an entry for 2017, then please do, do, do.”

Sue Stokoe, Headteacher, Boldon Outdoor Nursery School
Early years setting of the year and Overall school of the year 2016


"One Education is proud to be lead sponsor for the TES Schools Awards. I would like to congratulate all the nominees as well as those who went on to win the awards. This is our third year working in partnership with TES and each year it just keeps getting better. A special mention goes to Upton School, Swindon, to its Executive Headteacher Jackie Smith and to her whole team, so many of whom were there with us on the night. To win overall School of the Year is a fantastic achievement and a real reason for us all to celebrate."

Kieran McDermott, Chief executive, One Education


“We’re so thrilled to have won the award for Numeracy and Maths. The team at ARK Atwood has worked so hard to put the Mathematics Mastery programme into place, so that pupils can not only master maths but enjoy it too. We’re very proud of our staff, and pleased that their dedication and effort has been recognised with such a prestigious award.”

Daniel Upfield, Headteacher, ARK Atwood Primary Academy
Numeracy and maths award 2014


"I entered the TES Schools Awards this year to acknowledge and show my appreciation to the staff that work within the Science Faculty here at Sevenoaks School.  For all their hard work, dedication and passion in all 4 subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Technology).  Their work in the classroom, outside the classroom, for our students and for those in the community allows us to do some terrific things in promotion of Science and Technology in the UK.  I feel incredibly fortunate to have been the Head of Faculty for such a sensational team.  Winning the Science category this year is a real boost for us and I would like to thank the TES Awards for the opportunity to be a part of this sensational event."

Graeme Lawrie, Director of innovation and excellence in education, Sevenoaks School
Science award 2014


"It feels great to win this award! Most of my resources have been made for my own classes, but it is really nice to hear how much of a time-saver they are for other teachers in such a hectic profession!"

Mike Pye (Owen134866)
Bev Evans resource contributor of the year 2014


"I have never felt more proud of the team who turn up at the crack of dawn everyday at Ryecroft ,determined to do the best they can to make it a safe , happy place where children love to learn and simply thrive because we won't let anyone fall . Today was very special

because we all know how special our school is and  now , everyone has shared that special feeling and knows how much we care. It's such a privilege to be chosen when so many teachers pour their love into our children everyday so that they can learn and grow into the people who will shape the future .What a responsibility, but being a Headteacher is the best job in the world!"

Jayne Clarke, Headteacher, Ryecroft Primary Academy
Headteacher of the year award 2014


"To win the Lifetime Achievement Award at the TES Schools Award 2013 was quite simply the proudest moment in my teaching career.It was a total surprise to me as I knew conscientious teachers from all over the country had been nominated, so to be singled out for this recognition was immensely rewarding. The fact that my name was put forward by colleagues and students whom I have worked with for so long was particularly special. I have loved each second in the job; there can be nothing more rewarding than working with eager and enthusiastic pupils. My primary belief is that if you are optimistic and positive with your charges, inspiring them to greater achievements and encouraging them to become involved while making them feel valued, it is surprising how far you can take them. It is a privilege to play some small part in helping young people reach their potential, which is reward enough in itself, but this award has made it all the more wonderful"

Peter Sheppard, Royal Wootton Bassett Academy
Lifetime achievement award 2013


"St. Mary’s has always worked at the heart of its community. We believe in working with the community to raise the achievement and aspirations of our children and their families. To win this award has been such a boost for the learning community. We felt so proud to be in a category with lots of high schools and lots of fantastic practice. It has opened many more opportunities to work with others. We have been able to share our work further than we ever thought possible. We have been able to engage and influence as well as benefit from the profile it has given us. A great day out to reward our team and parents was a real bonus"

Jenny McGarry, Headteacher, St Mary’s C.E. Primary School
Enterprise and community award 2013


“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


“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


“Achieving our Award came in July 2011, the very month when we all had a horrible reminder of just how important shared and cross community work is in Northern Ireland.  The trouble in the streets reminded us of why we learn languages together, and why we use language learning to challenge each other about who we are and what we stand for.  Receiving external recognition of our Sharing Languages Sharing Cultures project will give real impetus to our school, our partner primaries and our funders and supporters, to carry on.  The new logo on our website really matters to us.”

Ellen McVea, Shimna Integrated College, Newcastle, Co Down
Community partnership award 2011


"We are, of course, delighted that all the hard work we have put into our website has been recognised but to win an award from the TES is particularly satisfying because you know it's the one paper all those interested in education never miss. We've had loads of calls from colleagues and friends who've seen about our success and rung to congratulate us - which makes the achievement all the more special!"

Claire Robins, Headteacher, Sir John Lawes School, Harpenden, Hertfordshire
School website of the year 2011


“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


“The award is a celebration, not just for pupils and staff but also for the families and the wider community who contribute so much to making SJP the thriving institution it continues to be. We are really proud that the achievements of our amazing young people have been recognised on a national level.”

Brian Lally, St John Plessington Catholic College, Wirral
Secondary school of the year 2010


“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


“The TES has huge credibility; people really take notice, and our success has enabled us to open doors that we couldn’t get near before. For example, we are now getting £30-40k of additional funding a year to run a youth club, and we’ve just had a fantastic new £500,000 extension built. Our profile with the local authority has been enhanced immeasurably, and there’s a lot more demand from parents so we’ve now gone from two forms to three. It’s been phenomenal the impact we’ve seen. I think the TESSA also acted as a springboard to us winning several other trophies – for example the regional head teacher of the year and the GCC award for equality and diversity. There have been so many spin-off benefits.....”

Nick Capstick, Drove Primary, Swindon
Community involvement award 2009


“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


“Its impacted on us immensely – and resulted in us extending from just an infants, to a much bigger community school 0 - 11 infants and primary school. We’ve had lots of visits from other heads, and the General Teaching Council came to see us too. I’ve been invited to a Parliamentary Reception and I recently was recognised as a Leader in Local Education. It’s also enthused the staff and had a big positive impact on their self esteem. Honestly we’ve gone from strength to strength as a result of the award”

Shelia Ralph, Headteacher, Maltby Crags Infants
Personalised learning initiative 2009


“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


“It cost us nothing to enter, but we’ve had so much in return for taking part in the TESSAs. There’s been tremendous pride for everyone involved – parents, staff and the students themselves. We got a lot of local press coverage, and the DFE is about to visit us as one of about ten schools that are now perceived to be involved in good practice in literacy. We’ve gone on to win other things too – last week one of our boys picked up a story writing award from HRH Duchess of Cornwall. It’s been brilliant for our esteem, and winning the TES award gave us a real fillip and morale boost”

Peter Plummer, Ellis Guilford School and Sports College, Nottingham
Literacy initiative of the year 2009


“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


“The school has picked up a number of awards, but none was as prestigious as the TESSA. It ‘signposted’ people to us and we’ve had lots of visits from people keen to learn from us It raised our profile locally and nationally, and it also probably resulted in me being asked to speak at national conferences. It’s was also fantastic for the staff to be nationally recognised – and not just the staff but the pupils and local community too, who all felt really proud that all their hard work had been recognised in such a high profile way. We recently had an Ofsted inspection and they too noted it”

Lynn Slinger, Forest Way School, Leicestershire
New or refurbished primary school of the year 2009


“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