Uplands School wins awards for Alternative Provision School of the Year and Overall School of the Year on Friday 19 June.
The accolade comes from the highly respected TES Schools Awards, now in their seventh year. The awards recognise outstanding contributions made by education teams and individuals to help students around the country to succeed, both inside and outside the classroom.
Uplands has a 19 to 25 learning centre, designed to enable young people to continue their education after leaving school and also boasts a pupil-run shop on the high street, which introduces students to the world of work and makes them visible in the community.
This is underpinned by impressive academic achievement: 77 per cent of students make outstanding upper-quartile progress across key stages 3-5 in literacy, and 74 per cent in numeracy.
The judging panel was particularly impressed by the school’s CPD programme, which has been rolled out throughout the country. Last year Uplands worked with more than 15 schools and colleges, delivered presentations at 10 conferences and mentored a number of new head teachers.
Winners attended a black-tie event at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, hosted by BAFTA-nominated writer and comedian Greg Davies, where over 1,000 attendees celebrated all that is outstanding in education, from the efforts of individual teachers to the work of entire schools.
The awards have 17 categories, including primary school, secondary school, head teacher and healthy school of the year. New accolades have been introduced in 2015 for teacher-bloggers and early years’ settings, in addition to an award for the most creative school.
The winners were chosen by a panel of judges including the writer Anthony Horowitz, Dr. Lee Elliot Major, Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust, and Colin Bell, Chief Executive of the Council of British International Schools.
More information on the awards ceremony on the TES Awards site
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Pictured top, Uplands executive headteacher of Uplands School and Uplands Educational Trust holds the TES Best Overall School award aloft, surrounded by the Uplands team at the award ceremony. Below, Jackie, front, showing off the trophy to the team celebrating on stage at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. Source: TES Awards
Bottom, Richard Wintle of Calyx, picture of Uplands’ students with Deirdre Fitzpatrick, headteacher, front left, and Jackie Smith, Executive Headteacher of Uplands School, The Learning Centre and Principal Trustee of Uplands Educational Trust when the school was nominated
Watch the TES video of the scene at the Grosvenor House Hotel when it was announced Uplands was the best overall school, with comments from executive headteacher Jackie Smith and Uplands headteacher Deirdre Fitzpatrick