awardsTwo Sutton schools have won national awards at a prestigious ceremony in London.

Stanley Park High School and The Limes College won Secondary School of the Year and Alternative Provision School of the Year respectively in the TES Schools Awards, held at the Grosvenor House hotel on London’s Park Lane on Friday 24 June.
Stanley Park High School was recognised as one of the most improved schools in England, and for the way it provides an engaging and rounded education, centring on a broad educational experience that gives young people the skills and knowledge needed to flourish in life, and not just to pass tests.

In their citation the judges said:
“Stanley Park High has achieved remarkable outcomes for its student body by focusing on igniting their passion for learning. It is a non-selective secondary in a highly selective area and has been recognised as one of the most improved schools in the whole Education network.

“This is a school with a determined attitude that provides an engaging and rounded education. Its vision centres on a broad educational experience, giving young people the skills and knowledge that they need to flourish in life, not just to pass tests.”

Ann Mroz, Editor of TES, said:
“The creative, ambitious and supportive culture fostered at Stanley Park High make them a very worthy winner of this year’s award.”
The Limes College won the award for Alternative Provision School of the Year. A pupil-referral unit for vulnerable children and young people aged from five to 16, the Limes works with children and young people who leave mainstream education for a variety of reasons and it is so successful that almost all pupils in Key Stage 4 leave with qualifications and an apprenticeship or sixth-form place.

The judges agreed that, among an impressive shortlist, the application from the Limes College ticked every box and said:
“Success rates are high and the college is doing everything possible to help its students, including developing an anti-violence toolkit and establishing a dedicated pastoral support team. There is a lot that is outstanding and unusual here.

“A high proportion of Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils successfully return to mainstream schools, and almost all students in KS4 leave with recognised qualifications and an apprenticeship or sixth-form placement. Ofsted has rated the college as outstanding, singling out the excellent behaviour of students. The focus on re-engaging young people is reflected in an average attendance rate of 74 per cent, compared with 69 per cent for other PRUs.”
“This award recognises that the Limes College is a place where young people are able to make a fresh start and build for the future, and where staff truly believe that every student can excel.”