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Briar Hill Primary School shortlisted for 'Primary School of the Year' category at the TES Awards

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  • 9th May 2022 08:23

Briar Hill Primary School shortlisted for ‘Primary School of the Year’ category at the TES Awards

The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the education sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the Tes Schools Awards 2022. It's been revealed that Briar Hill Primary School in Northampton, part of the David Ross Education Trust, has been shortlisted for the Primary School of the Year award.

Briar Hill stood out as an example of a school that goes above and beyond for the local community. A panel of industry expert judges were impressed by reports that throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, Briar Hill served not only as a school, but also as a food bank, and as a community hub to provide holistic support during the health crisis. 

Briar Hill has also received several glowing reports from external agencies including Ofsted and the Inclusion Quality Mark, demonstrating the incredible and far-reaching impact of their teaching and learning curriculum on pupils.

Every year, the Tes Awards celebrate the achievements of schools and staff across the country from both the state and independent sector, offering some much-deserved recognition to those striving to offer pupils the best possible education. The panel of expert awards judges include school leaders, inspectors and education researchers. The objectivity, professionalism and high standards of the Tes Schools Awards judges and the judging process has helped establish them as a well-respected achievement for any school chosen as a finalist or winner.

Briar Hill will now be invited to attend the Tes Schools Awards dinner, held at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, on the evening of Friday 17 June. 


Tes editor and chief judge of the Tes Schools Awards Jon Severs said: 

“This year has seen an incredibly high standard of entries to the Tes Schools Awards. Every teacher and school who has been nominated should be incredibly proud – it’s a fantastic achievement. We are looking forward to showcasing, as we do every year, just how vital our education professionals are to every facet of this country. Teachers, leaders and support staff have all played an enormous role as schools have battled with immense challenges over the last few years: this is our chance to say thank you for all that they do.


“After two years of virtual awards ceremonies, we are looking forward to celebrating our education heroes in person once again.”


Janey Cooksley, Principal of Briar Hill Primary School, said: 

“We are honoured to be shortlisted for this prestigious award and to be listed as among the top primary schools in the country. At Briar Hill, we hold ourselves to the highest possible standards, aiming to provide a world-class education for our pupils where their wellbeing is our utmost priority. The consistent hard work of all our pupils at Briar Hill is a credit to the school and our ethos. We also strive to create a welcoming and supportive environment for our community. I am thrilled that the dedication of our school staff has been recognised by a panel of industry experts and look forward to an opportunity to truly reflect on all that we have accomplished.” 


Stuart Burns, CEO of the David Ross Education Trust, said: 

“It is absolutely fantastic to see Briar Hill on the shortlist for the ‘Primary School of the Year’ award in the Tes Schools Awards and everyone at the David Ross Education Trust is so very proud. This is a magnificent achievement which is down to the hard work of Janey and her team, and is absolutely deserved. A huge congratulations to Briar Hill and we look forward to celebrating this achievement later in the year.”