Warwickshire schools celebrate excellence

The fourth ‘Excellence in Warwickshire’ Awards took place on Wednesday 8 November at Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club.

The event was held to celebrate the achievements of schools inspected by Ofsted between September 2016 and July 2017. Schools that improved their Ofsted grading or that managed to retain their ‘outstanding’ judgement were praised for their hard work and presented with an award from Warwickshire County Council.

Many of these schools have worked exceptionally hard to bring about improvements, resulting in their Ofsted judgement moving from either ‘Special Measures’ or ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’. Some schools were recognised for their drive and determination to maintain the outstanding quality of education for their learners.

36 people including Head teachers, Chairs of Governors, and pupils from 12 schools attended. A wide range of schools from across the county were represented from nursery, infant, primary, secondary; maintained community schools, church schools and academies.

Guests enjoyed a performance from the Central Area Music Theatre Group, who entertained with energetic numbers from Bugsy Malone. Presenting the awards and personally congratulating the schools’ on their achievements were; Portfolio Holder for Education and Learning, Cllr Colin Hayfield and Head of Service for Education and Learning, Chris Malone.

Pupils were invited to speak about why their school is a good place to learn:

Toby and Gabriella from Stockton Primary said: “Our school is very proud to have this award because it will make our pupils more confident and make us all round prouder of ourselves.”

Lizzie from Studley High School said, “There is a distinct atmosphere, as you walk along the corridors, of family and a real sense of community.”

Olivia and Joe from St James CE Academy, Bedworth said “Our school is a good school because every single teacher does their best to bring out the best in all of the students. At St James, we love our learning and would recommend our school to everybody!”

Cllr Colin Hayfield, Portfolio Holder – Education & Learning, said: “In Warwickshire we put children at the heart of all that we do so it is fantastic to see our schools striving year on year to achieve the best outcomes for their pupils. This event is the perfect way to recognise their success and the hard work of both staff and pupils.”