Winning schools revealed at the 2017 Education Business Awards

The winners and commended schools have been announced at the 2017 Education Business Awards, which took place in London on July 6.

The awards recognised the sterling work of schools across all sectors and were presented by Stephen Drew of reality TV show Educating Essex fame, who is currently headteacher at Brentwood County High School.

The winners……

Outstanding Progress - Secondary School
sponsored by School Business Services
Winner: Havant Academy
Havant Academy is thought to be the most improved state secondary school in England over the last five years. Advances since joining the government’s academies programme are a blueprint for how schools can be transformed by great leadership and hard work from staff and pupils.

Commended
Acklam Grange school
Ormiston Chadwick Academy
St Peter's School
Tauheedul Islam Boys' High School
Matravers School
Thomas Lord Audley School, Essex

Outstanding Progress - Independent School
sponsored by Garran Lockers
Winner: Brighton College
In December last year, Brighton College was named as the highest performing co-educational school in England by the Sunday Times. Pupils outperformed several traditionally academic single-sex schools, which is attributed to the school’s recruitment and retention of truly outstanding teachers who inspire children to achieve.

Commended
Bromley High School
Wolverhampton Grammar School
Alleyn's School, London
Royal Grammar School, Guildford
Withington Girls School, Manchester

Outstanding Progress - Primary School
sponsored by ISS Education
Winner: Woodside Primary Academy, London
Woodside was put into special measures by Ofsted in 2012, but changes made under headteacher Shane Tewes involved parents and pupils, and a remarkable turnaround now sees the school rated Outstanding. In 2015, the school was in the top one per cent of schools in the country for the rate of pupil progress.

Commended
Crosthwaite Church of England Primary School
Ravens Academy
Ridgeway Primary Academy, Tyne & Wear
Barnsole Primary School, Kent
The Brent Primary School, Kent

Academy Partnership Award
sponsored by Ward Hendry
Winner: Brighton Aldridge Community Academy
The Aldridge KSD Construction Academy is a unique collaboration between education and industry to provide a technical training centre. The Academy is delivered in partnership with a national construction company, which sponsored the capital build and design costs and has committed to taking all graduates on as apprentices for the next 2/3 years. The curriculum aims to meet the skills gap across the city.

Commended
Parkwood E-ACT Academy
Dalziel High School
Glemsford Primary Academy, Suffolk
Oasis Academy Don Valley

Community Award
sponsored by Thorpe Park Resort
Winner: Beddington Park Primary School
Community Action Support Hub, founded by Beddington Park Primary two years ago, unites local agencies, charities and services to improve the well-being of children and adults in the region. This year the school launched the Community Database, which contains information on various local and national organisations who can support families.

Commended
Kilgarth School
Beddington Park Primary School
Richmond Hill Primary School
Shrewsbury High School
Parkwood E-ACT Academy
Wolverhampton Grammar School

Educational Visits Award
sponsored by Rainforest Cafe
Winner: Ellesmere College
The Monduli Green Project is close to pupils hearts at Ellesmere College. and works with several villages and five schools to support environmental, water and educational needs of three schools in Tanzania. Fourteen pupils volunteered their time to help with infrastructure projects at Sinoni, Olarash and Mtimnoja Primary Schools.

Commended
Mildenhall College Academy
Rendcomb College
Springfield School
The Link School Pallion
Matravers School

Environmental Practice Award
sponsored by C Tech Building Solutions
Winner: Gilbrook School
Gilbrook, a maintained primary special school, was invited to help produce a report for a Commons Select Committee inquiry into the future of our parks. The report, Nature is Nurture reinforced the idea that there is a huge, positive impact on children’s mental health when using outdoor space and focused on how green spaces benefit our children. Use of the schools outside area is thoroughly embedded throughout the curriculum. This helps support the mental health and well-being of pupils and staff, and helps pupils understand and act on environmental issues.

Commended
Bootroyd Primary Academy
Bromley High School
Redmoor Academy

Excellence in Health and Safety Award
sponsored by The Norse Group
Winner: Barnston Primary
A recent local authority audit in January 2017 comfirmed that Barnston Primary School has excellent health and safety practices which are intrinsic throughout the organisation. Health and safety features at the beginning of all staff meetings, whole school staff briefings and in meetings with the school’s F1 provider. Parents are updated via newsletters. Although fire safety, electrical safety, kitchen safety and playground area checks are carried out annually, the school caretaker undertakes in-house fire safety and playground checks every day. Ddisability pupils receive their own risk assessments which are shared with staff and parents. For the well-being of staff, a menopause group has been set up for six collaboration schools in order to help those who suffer and need support in the workplace.

Commended
St Peter's Catholic Primary School
Clare Mount Specialist Sports College

ICT Facility Award
sponsored by Dataphone
Winner: Rendcomb College
Five years ago, ICT lacked support and interest at Rendcombe, with the number of pupils taking the subject in decline. New courses and staff were introduced to reinvigorate STEM education at secondary level. Now, pupil engagement with technology-enhanced learning is at an all-time high. A recently introduced Digital Leaders scheme lets pupils become the teachers and coach their peers and staff in better use of technology.

Commended
Rotherithe Primary School, London
Blenheim Primary, Wales
All Saints Church in Wales Primary School
The Royal Alexandra and Albert School, Surrey

ICT Innovation Award
sponsored by Ednex
Winner: Deighton Primary School
Deighton Primary School treats ICT as a core subject. 2017’s ‘Overdrive’ project with Cardiff Met’ University involves pupils working with students from the education and animation departments in developing a computer game based around driving. Next is a plan to build a working car with an electric motor. The project work this year has seen real-life working situations become part of the children’s school experience.

Commended
Rendcomb College
Moredon Primary School, Swindon
The Queen’s School, Chester
Heathfield Knoll School, Kidderminster

Parking Management & Travel Planning Award
sponsored by British Parking Association
Winner: Farnham Common Infant School
The school’s large on-site car park makes it easy for families to drop children at school and poster campaigns have promoted safety. Since 2012 the school has been encouraging families to leave their cars at home for the school journey, and has succeeded in reducing car use for the whole school journey from almost 68 per cent in 2012 to over 36 per cent in 2016.

Commended
University of Bradford
Cheadle Hulmes School, Cheshire
Chichester Free School, West Sussex
Caistor Church of England and Methodist Primary School

School Building Award
sponsored by Ward Hendry
Winner: Robert Gordon's College
Building the Wood Foundation Centre for Science and Technology involved refitting a historic building to house 34 laboratories and classrooms to make the largest UK teaching facility for science and technology education. Specialist facilities include an Optics Laboratory, Design Workshop and a Technology Showcase Suite.

Commended
Rendcomb College
Merchant Taylors' School
Donhead Preparatory School
Roseacres Primary School
Holme Grange School

School Music Award
sponsored by Stage Systems
Winner:The Ballard School
Teachers at Ballard are committed to making music fun and fulfilling. With Classical and Contemporary pathways, extensive ensemble programme, lunchtime recitals, regular concerts and large musical productions, the School enjoys stretching musicians with new repertoire and experiences. Ballard has won many awards (ISA, ISM, Arts Council) and has attracted many pupils because of its vibrant Music Department.

Commended
Ellesmere College
Robert Gordon's College
St. Peter’s School
Woodford County High for Girls

School Procurement Award
sponsored by ESPO
Winner: Ormiston Academies Trust
Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) is a not-for-profit multi-academy trust, sponsoring over 31 primary and secondary academies, since 2008. Responsible for developing and maintaining a £700m estate, a key strategy has been to ensure value for money through effective procurement practices. OAT was keen to address condition issues and give benefit to its 26,000+ learners/students and teaching staff. Led by a team of experts, the Trust has used a blend of existing procurement routes (such as ESPO/YPO/CCS/CPS) and developed new OJEU compliant frameworks for future use. To date, routes to market have been put in place for annual Gas and electricity savings of £231k; IT Connectivity Services (Voice, Broadband and E-safety) savings of £286k, and; HR and Payroll annual savings of £111k.

Commended
Sutton Vallance School
University of Birmingham

School Recruitment Award
sponsored by Eteach
Winner: The Weald School
Headteacher Peter Woodman continually revises his staffing plans throughout the year, meeting with the senior leadership team four times a week to discuss staffing. Together, they react quickly to staff turnover and to the school’s success in recruiting teachers, so an effective staffing structure is always in place.

Commended
North Yorkshire County Council
Teach in Herts - Herts for Learning
Newham Partnership Working
Bridge Multi-Academy Trust
Eden Academy

SEN Inclusion Award
sponsored by Fujitsu
Winner: The Pingle Academy
The Pingle Academy is an 11-18 comprehensive school of 1040 students, with SEN students in mainstream as well as in specialist provisions, such as an Enhanced Resource Provision of 29 students with moderate and severe learning difficulties and an Autism Resource Centre of 10 students who attend mainstream lessons and play a full part in school life. The Academy works with a variety of agencies such as speech therapists and physical and visual impairment services. An additional provision has just been completed for autistic students who cannot access mainstream education. This is purpose built and students are currently on an induction programme, which has been positive. Current student and GB Paralympic Bonze medal swimmer, Lewis White achieved good GCSE grades alongside his heavy training schedule and is now studying for his A Levels.

Commended
Ernesettle Community School
Eversley Primary School

SEN Provision Award
sponsored by Medpac
Winner: Hall Cliffe Primary School
During Hall Cliffe’s weekly school forum meetings, children brainstormed ideas on how they would like to be credited for progress, which resulted in the HERO’s (Helping Everyone, Respect Others) initiative. This encourages and rewards progress in academic success, showing good behaviour and being a positive role model.

Commended
Lakeside School
Oak View SEN School
Gilbrook School
St James C of E Primary (unit provision)
Clare Mount Specialist Sports College

Sports Award
sponsored by RedBoxVR
Winner: Plynouth College
Success over the last five years now sees Plymouth College attract over eighty world-class athletes from thirty six countries. Success has continued after the Rio Olympics with twelve medals at the English Schools’ Relay Championships. Investment in staff has seen the school develop its own strength and conditioning and sports science teams.

Commended
Hall Cliffe Primary School
Plymouth College
The Nicholas Hamond Academy
Beech House School
Kingsway Primary School
St James CE Primary

STEM Award
sponsored by Ultimaker
Winner: The Mossland School
Mosslands STE@M scholars programme offers further opportunities to experience STEM through a variety of visits, projects and problem-solving activities. Visits have included Toyota, Vauxhall, two power stations, Veolia Recycling and Silverstone, and the school has worked with five Universities as well as the Institute of Physics, Royal Society of Chemistry,and the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Commended
Shrewsbury High School
Avoch Primary School
The Mossland School
Calday Grange Grammar School
Bromley High School

Art & Craft Award
sponsored by Mighty Writer
Winner: Chatsmore Catholic High School
As part of last years’ national commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Boar’s head, three students from Chatsmore who visited the battlefields of Somme and Ypres shared their experiences with Arts Award students, who used this INSET to develop their own resources to cascade to primary school students during workshops.

Commended
King's Ely
Matravers School
Beddington Park Primary School
Thomas Gainsborough School, Suffolk
Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Newcastle upon Tyne

School Security Award
Winner: Wolverhampton City Council Education eServices Team
Break-ins at over 60 schools in Wolverhampton have plummeted following the use of DNA forensic marking kits to protect valuable ICT equipment from theft. The crime reduction scheme was launched last year by West Midlands Police and Wolverhampton City Council eServices Team following a spate of burglaries at schools. All technology such as laptops and iPads in 61 local schools is now marked.

Commended
St Joseph’s School, Camden
George Spencer Academy
Haggerston School, London
Ark Academy, Wembley

School Catering Award
Winner: The Barlow RC High School & Specialist Science College
The Barlow RC High is proud of the service that Catering Manager Joanne oversees, motivating her team through continuous improvement and training, including enrolling them onto NVQ’s in Food preparation and Cooking. Students at the Barlow particularly enjoy the breakfast service and the new noodle and rice boxes which are packed with vegetables and come in recyclable containers.

Commended
Christ Church CE Primary School
Harrogate Grammar School
Falkner House, London
Lowerplace Primary School