On Thursday 7th November Holme Grange School was announced as the winner of the prestigious Independent School Association Senior School Award. At the glittering black tie dinner the school was presented the award by Derek Redmond, World and European Relay Champion.
Headteacher, Claire Robinson said, “To receive this award is particularly pleasing having taken the decision four years ago to transform a traditional Pre-Prep and Prep School to a through school for pupils up to sixteen years of age. The team at Holme Grange have worked so hard as we have transformed the site to offer fantastic Senior School facilities, expanded the staff to bring on board best in class teachers and worked with outstanding educational experts to ensure our Senior offering is deserving of this award.”
She went on to say, “Working with the best has really inspired our whole team across the school. We have been able to develop programmes both for our pupils that need extra support and pupils that benefit from academic stretch. Our GCSE results show that although we recruit pupils from a broad spectrum of ability we can still perform well in league tables whilst also equipping our young people with the skills they need for life.”
The judges were looking for innovative programmes and approaches that were different from mainstream provision with a clearly-evidenced positive impact on pupils. Holme Grange was against tough competition and was shortlisted along with Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate and Thorpe Hall School. However it was lovely to be announced as the overall winner 2019. The Independent School Association is made up of 528 best independent schools in the world and their awards are one of the most respected in the sector. Holme Grange is delighted to be a winner in 2019.