School hoping for education ‘Oscar’

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Staff and students are waiting to see if their high school has picked up education’s version of the ‘Oscars’.

Monkseaton High School has been shortlisted for a prestigious national TES award – the only school in the north among the eight finalists for the Times Educational Supplement’s (TES) Secondary School of the Year prize.

And they will find out if they are the overall winners at an awards ceremony in London on Friday.

A win would then see them battle it out for the night’s biggest prize, Britain’s Overall School of the Year.

The school earned its nomination after pulling off the incredibly rare achievement of leaping two categories in its latest Ofsted Inspection, going from requires improvement to outstanding in two years.

Headteacher Tracy Crowder says the North’s sole nomination is recognition not only for the teaching staff and the school but for the students, governors, support staff and parents who all contributed to its rise.

Tracy said: “Getting the outstanding award was the highlight of the year – because we had all worked so hard to improve the school as much as we possibly could.

“But getting nominated for a TES award is the icing on the cake and it is fantastic that it will throw a national spotlight on Monkseaton High and on North Tyneside.”

Over the years, the TES awards have established themselves as the biggest showcase of what is best in education with the presentation night a hugely prestigious affair.

The TES website explains: “The aim of the awards is to recognise excellence and reward the professionalism and flair of those making an outstanding contribution to primary and secondary schools in the maintained and independent sector.”

No other English secondary school north of Nottingham made the shortlist.

The seven other schools shortlisted alongside Monkseaton are Ark St Alban’s Academy, Birmingham; Fulham Cross Girls School, London; Rushcliffe School, Nottingham; Sir John Leman High School, Suffolk; St Gregory’s Catholic Science College, Middlesex; St Ninian’s High School, Glasgow; and Stanley Park High, Surrey.