This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 25/11/2018.
This Croydon secondary school could be named one of the best in the world
The Tes (Times Educational Supplement) Independent School Awards recognise the top schools.
A Croydon secondary school is in the running to be ranked as one of the best schools in the world.
Trinity School has been shortlisted in the Tes (Times Educational Supplement) Independent School Awards 2019, which recognises “world class” schools across the country.
The awards recognise the top independent schools in the country and Trinity, on Shirley Park, in Shirley, has been shortlisted for the Senior School of the Year award.
The school has about 1,000 pupils – all boys up to GCSE and then a mix of boys and girls in the Sixth Form.
Alasdair Kennedy, Trinity’s headmaster, said: “[Being shortlisted] reflects the commitment of many people over a number of years, staff, students and parents included, to giving our young people an experience of school that is as excellent, enjoyable and grounded as it can be.”
While Mr Kennedy would not describe his school as “world class” just yet, he feels the recognition shows they are well on their way to achieve that status in the near future.
He said: “It’s not a phrase we would use to describe ourselves, but in the context of the awards and the sector as a whole it’s obviously great to be recognised as such.
“With world class meaning ‘excellence’, and getting the very best from our students, with them leaving us as compassionate, ambitious but teachable young people, then we are delighted if we are getting close to doing that.”
So what’s the key to the school’s success?
Being shortlisted for an award like this doesn’t just happen overnight.
“Any genuine and sustained success takes years of hard work by many people, with a consistent focus on the things that are most important,” said Mr Kennedy.
“In particular for us this has meant ensuring that every individual feels cared for deeply and valued at school, and that what happens in every classroom is of the highest quality in terms of making learning challenging and enjoyable. Relationships are key, and so really it’s the quality of everyday interactions between teachers and students that can make this happen.”
As well as recognising the work of school, the awards also aim to recognise the remarkable strategic and financial contributions from individuals.
Tes editor Ann Mroz says all the schools shortlisted are the “crème de la crème”.
“Independent education in this country is truly world class,” she said. “It’s one of our great success stories. And those shortlisted for the Tes Independent School Awards are the crème de la crème.
“We received a record number of entries this year and the standard is the highest yet, so to be shortlisted is an extraordinary achievement for any school.”
The winners of the TES Independent School Awards 2019 will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, Mayfair on Friday, February 1 next year. To see the full list of nominations visit www.isawards.co.uk.