The shortlist for the Tes Schools Awards 2022 was announced yesterday, with GDST schools dominating the ‘Independent Senior School of the Year’ category.
A panel of expert judges – including school leaders, inspectors and education researchers – went through this year’s entries and produced a shortlist. GDST schools have been shortlisted five times across the following categories.
Independent Prep School of the Year
The Prep School ‘Superpowers’ concept is just one of many in-house initiatives created by Sutton High School to inspire and challenge its pupils. The four ‘superpowers’ of empathy, resilience, curiosity and collaboration are the cornerstones upon which its curriculum is built. Pupils are taught to show these superpowers in all aspects of their lives whether learning or talking to friends and are encouraged to forge their own identities.
Independent Senior School of the Year
Three of the eight schools shortlisted within this category are part of the GDST family.
Education goes beyond the curriculum at Putney High School where the team are empowering a generation of thought leaders through an expansive education and several imaginative, research-led innovations both in the curriculum and beyond. This culture of thinking differently is leading not only to increasingly high academic attainment but helping to build confident, creative thinkers – the ‘ideas makers’ of tomorrow.
Among its wealth of strengths is Wimbledon High School’s commitment to STEAM education. Wimbledon High’s vision is for its girls to ‘stride out’ to better shape the society in which they live and work – and they are already doing just that through participation in bespoke courses, including a Politics, Philosophy and Economics course, and innovative cross-curricular projects.
Sutton High School has been shortlisted for the excellent quality of its academic education, pastoral support, careers advice and co-curricular activities. Since 2019, pupil numbers have increased by a third and the school has become a strong local contender amongst stiff competition. 85% of applicants recently selected ‘personal recommendation’ as their reason for applying and the school’s reputation continues to grow.
Pupil Mental Health Initiative of the Year
Wimbledon High School has been shortlisted within this category that celebrates the work of students across the UK’s state school and independent sectors.
Its powerful, holistic, student-led ‘Strong Body, Strong Mind’ initiative was born out of the challenges of the pandemic, encouraging conversation, action and togetherness at a time when the school community was being kept apart.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 17 June 2022.
Good luck to our schools and all others shortlisted. See all those shortlisted here.