In April, we were delighted to learn that Shaldon Primary had been shortlisted for TES Primary School of the Year Award, recognising our work to develop character through initiatives such as Pen Pals and our link with Teignbridge House.
On Friday 22nd June, staff from across the school attended the awards ceremony in the Grosvenor Hotel, London to hear the results. Miss Weyman and Mr Coe were accompanied by representatives from KS1 (Ms Youd) KS2 (Ms Cairns), and were also joined by the wonderful Miss Gordge – who has done so much to drive our work on character in school - and Ivor Watts (one of the Pen Pals and a very long standing governor!)
All the finalists from across the country were invited across a range of categories, and the Shaldon representatives were inspired by the work going on in schools up and down the country to improve the lives of children. Comedian Al Murray compared the awards, and as a measure of the high esteem in which they are held, the audience was addressed by the Secretary of State for Education as well as the Chief Inspector for school, as well as many other distinguished individuals.
In the end, Shaldon was pipped to the post by Eldon Primary in Preston, with Kensington Aldridge Academy winning a special award for its work following the Grenfell Tower Tragedy. It was a memorable night, and has whetted the appetite for gaining recognition for the hard work that all the staff demonstrate day in and day at in Shaldon.