Over the October half term break we received the fantastic news that, from over 300 nominations, the School has once again been shortlisted in the TES Independent School Awards! This time, we have been shortlisted in the Creativity category, with the winners being revealed at the finals of the Awards which will take place in February 2018 in London.

The description of the Creativity category says that:  ‘This award is for independent schools that put creativity at the heart of their work. This isn’t about individual projects in art, drama, music or design – although it could take in one or all of these subjects – this is about making children think differently, beyond the strictures of the conventional curriculum. Ideally, applications should be a whole-school or cross-curricular approach to one or more projects and there should be evidence of a blossoming in creativity in pupils.’

Our application features projects from across the whole school, covering a very wide range of subjects, including off-timetable days such as the Take One Picture and Take One Poem days in the Junior School, Year 6 Young Inventors, Year 7 Poetry Day, Year 8 Roller Coaster Building, Year 9 Design Day, Year 10 Employability Conference, Year 9 Big Challenge and the Sixth Form Young Professionals’ Challenge, Co-curricular opportunities such as Go4SET, Robotics and Songwriters Clubs and whole school events such as the Celebration of the Arts, all of which reflect our school values, and recognise the efforts of everyone who contributes to a creative, problem-solving and risk-taking approach in the classroom and in co-curricular activities.

Needless to say, the school is very proud to be nominated!