Graded “outstanding” by Ofsted for its innovative and inspiring learning provision and achievement of pupils”, executive headteacher Daran Bland, head of school Dr Richard Gamman and members of their team accepted the award to rousing applause from other schools in the audience.
The award, sponsored by PSP Ltd, celebrated schools whose dedication, innovation and hard work are making a real difference for their communities. It was presented by Fiona Verde, quality manager of PSP Ltd.
The Garth School, which caters for pupils with moderate to severe learning difficulties, was recognised by judges for its “quality of teaching in all key stages, early years and in the sixth form”.
Mr Bland said: “We were really surprised to be nominated. This isn’t down to one person, but the whole team who work for the best outcome for our pupils.”
Other finalists were Gosberton House School and Surfleet Primary School. Judges were impressed with how staff at Gosberton House School were “responsive to parents’ concerns” and welcomed parents to its “school family”. Most importantly, the school gave pupils with special needs “good preparation for the next stages in life”.
Surfleet Primary School was recognised for its revamped curriculum and raising more than £600 for the British Heart Foundation, giving “a strong insight into the school’s community centred, pupil engaged approach to learning”. This was backed up by “numerous sports activities to promote healthy living, all provided by a committed team of staff.”
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