"The TES School Awards
are a real showcase for schools involved in best practice. It’s crucial that all schools learn from those that are doing things exceptionally well, or trying out innovative ideas. If you want to shout about your achievements, and gain widespread publicity and credit for your great work make sure you enter."
That was Michael Gove’s advice to schools – all schools, not just his favoured academies and free schools. Schools took his advice – the shortlist covered all parts of the UK and all types of schools.
The winners have just been awarded their prizes. They were:
Overall outstanding school of the year/special school of the year: The Springfields Academy, Calne, Wiltshire.
Secondary school of the year: Wade Deacon High School, Widnes, Cheshire.
Primary school of the year: Iqra Community Primary School, Bradford
Outstanding leadership team: James Brindley School, Birmingham.
Headteacher of the year: Bushra Nasir, Plashet School, East Ham, London
Inspirational teacher of the year: Lauren Dalgarno, Conyers School, Yarm, Stockton-on-Tees
Resource Contributor of the year [to the TES resources bank]: Ben Cooper, St Paul’s School for Girls, Birmingham.
Outstanding Business/financial team or initiative: Corpus Christi Catholic Sports College, Preston, Lancashire.
Outstanding sustainable school or community partnership: Edwalton School, Nottingham.
Outstanding sporting initiative or partnership: Portree Primary School, Portree, Isle of Skye.
Healthy eating: St Joseph’s Specialist School and College, Cranleigh, Surrey.
Outstanding literacy or numeracy initiative: Gosberton Primary School, Spalding, Lincolnshire.
ICT visionary in education: Dan Roberts, Saltash.net Community School, Saltash, Cornwall
Lifetime achievement: Denzil Shepheard
All good schools – all excellent teachers. What a shame that the Department for Education website only sings the praises of academies and free schools when so many other types of school are doing a fantastic job.