Grendon Church of England Primary School is celebrating after winning the prestigious ‘Primary School of the Year’ award at The Times Educational Supplement (TES) School Awards 2019!
The announcement was made on Friday 21 June at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane, at a ceremony presented by Harry Hill.
The Diocesan school, located in the District of Wellingborough, impressed judges with its mentoring programme, where pupils are trained to help their own classmates via one-to-one sessions. In addition, pupils were taught about Brazil – learning about the country’s religion, music, literature, politics, history and geography (a method used for all learning by the school). Pupils were so affected by the issue of Amazonian deforestation that they decided to lobby the Brazilian government, and were subsequently invited to the Brazilian Embassy in London to challenge the Minister for Climate Change.
Pupils also studied US figures such as Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, and gained an understanding of gender equality, racial discrimination, citizenship, conflict and independence.
A school spokesperson said: “Pupils are given the autonomy to explore their own lines of enquiry and translate the skills they acquire into meaningful actions to create real and significant impact at a local, national or international level.”
The TES awards website states that “judges noted how imaginative learning environments – bearing a closer resemblance to theatre sets than classrooms – form stunning, interactive spaces for children to become fully engaged.” The judges concluded that “This is a very happy, supportive school where everyone knows they are valued”.