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20th Nov 2018

The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the independent sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the 2019 TES Independent School Awards.

It’s been revealed that Holme Grange School has been shortlisted for the Senior Leadership Team of the Year and Creativity in Education awards.

TES editor Ann Mroz said: “Independent education in this country is truly world class. 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 will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 1 February 2019.

Headteacher, Claire Robinson is very honoured to hear of the shortlisting and explained why the school had been nominated. “The whole school has achieved incredible feats in recent years, which is down to a shared vision and the hard work and dedication of a truly inspirational group of staff, where each and every one puts the child at the centre of all they do.

Any school is only as good as the people in it and the leadership of the School truly a ‘team effort’. The School is led by a dynamic, forward thinking and passionate Senior Leadership Team and I could not wish for a better group of people to work with across the School, together we are immensely proud of our achievements.”

With regards to Creativity in Education she explained, “The School embraces all methods of learning and is at the fore-front of a number of educational initiatives. School’s must develop creativity as it is those who can think creatively who will be our future leaders. We are a learning Community at Holme Grange and creativity is at the heart of teaching and learning across our school as we believe academic excellence can be enhanced through this approach and every child can succeed.

Creativity is a very broad concept and when it weaves across all areas of school life we see the benefits for all students. We have a fully developed school farm, an enviable Outdoor Learning Programme and a fully integrated Learning Hub. Our latest venture is to build a WW1 trench classroom that can be used across the curriculum. Both of these awards are truly the result of endeavours from everyone in the School.”

To see the full list of who is in the running, pick up a copy of this week’s TES, or visit