Early Years Education Award
St. George’s Scoops Major National Award for Excellence in Early Years Education
The Early Years team here at St. George's are delighted to have won the national ‘Early Years Award for Excellence and Innovation in Provision’ at the prestigious Independent Schools Association annual awards ceremony which took place recently in the beautiful surroundings of Oulton Hall, Leeds .
The Independent Schools Association (ISA) presents awards to schools that demonstrate ‘outstanding provision’ and ‘tremendous achievements’. St. George’s is one of more than 500 worldwide member schools eligible to enter the award category and was selected as the overall winner from a shortlist of four other excellent schools based in the UK.
Early years education includes pupils in Little Dragons Nursery and the main school Reception Class (ages 2-5) and was awarded to St. George’s for the School’s unique and special early years curriculum. On being presented with the award, the School was praised for the ‘many aspects that set it apart’ including the holistic approach and ‘warm and responsive’ interactions between children and staff that promote such a ‘sense of security within the setting’. Judges also highlighted St. George’s commitment to recognising talent and achievement in all its guises through the ‘Stars of the Week’ system and ‘Celebration Assemblies’. The team were praised for their excellent Educational Needs provision and mutually beneficial community involvement projects such as nursery pupils’ weekly visits to a local care home. They recognised the opportunity these visits present for different generations to learn from one another and enjoy time in each other’s company. Judges also made special mention of the school’s extra-curricular provision, water safety lessons for all and exceptional, school-wide forest school programme.
St. George’s Headteacher, Cormac Timothy, has this to say:
‘We strive to make sure every pupil and family here at St. George’s experiences our commitment to delivering the very highest standard of education to every child in our care. However, to have this affirmed by a prestigious external body with the high standards of the Independent Schools Association is a truly outstanding achievement. I am always extremely proud to be the Headteacher of this School, but being presented with this award on behalf of my brilliant teaching team was a career highlight for me and I want to thank them all for their outstanding enthusiasm and dedication.’
Head of Early Years, Jo Wrigley, added:
‘We work extremely hard to ensure that as a team we are offering something unique to the children here at St. George’s, and it’s wonderful for that work to be recognised with this very special award. We regularly expand our knowledge and ensure we’re up to date with the latest in early years teaching techniques, but we never lose sight of the need to nurture and care for our pupils. The sense of security they feel here is crucial to helping them to develop confidence, becoming well-rounded individuals who value kindness and are supported and encouraged to achieve their potential. By getting early years education right, we find that our pupils develop a life-long love of learning and we know that this is critical to their long-term success and happiness. We feel extremely privileged to be a part of helping them to achieve their goals and setting them on the path to success.’