Awards 'hat-trick' for King Edward's School
05 January 2016
King Edward's School won three prestigious national awards last term: The Sunday Times International Baccalaureate School of the Year, TES Best Independent-Maintained School Collaboration, and John Claughton was named Best Head of Public School by Tatler magazine.
The first award came in September at the Tatler Schools Awards 2016 with John Claughton, Chief Master, being crowned the 'Best Head of Public School' ahead of competition from Heads of Cheltenham Ladies' College, Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh, St Edward's Oxford and St Swithun's School in Winchester.
On Sunday 22 November The Sunday Times announced the winners for its coveted School of the Year awards, which saw King Edward's receive its second award as The Sunday Times International Baccalaureate School of the Year. The school took the top spot in the International Baccalaureate (IB) category for its outstanding performance in the IB Diploma in 2015, which placed King Edward's School 26th overall in The Sunday Times league table of independent schools and best of any school offering 100% IB to its sixth form.
The third award to make the 'hat-trick' was the 'Best Independent-Maintained School Collaboration' awarded to the school at the 2015 TES Independent School Awards on Friday 27 November. The TES award was in recognition of the school's extensive outreach programme, which engages with over 11,000 primary school children and 450 teachers from 190 schools within the local community each year. The judging panel for the TES Independent School Awards said that King Edward's School had made: "an ongoing and sustainable commitment to supporting other schools."
John Claughton, Chief Master, said: "It is a proud moment for the school that we should win three national awards in the same term. The TES award is due reward for the most extensive Outreach programme run by any independent school in this country. That programme is fundamental to the purpose of the school to be visible and open to all bright boys, whatever their background. In the course of the year, hundreds of boys and over 50 teachers are involved and its remarkable growth and success comes from the energy and ambition of Tom Arbuthnott, our Director of Outreach.
"The Sunday Times award celebrates our biggest educational step in abandoning A-levels and choosing a post-16 curriculum that is a true education. As for 'Head of the Year', I told the Tatler that what mattered wasn't the head, but the school. This is a truly remarkable place and it's the boys that make it that way."