Tes Schools Awards 2018: The nominees revealed

The Tessas are celebrating their 10th anniversary with more awards than ever before. Here, we reveal the shortlists

Will Hazell

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Anticipation is already building ahead of one of the biggest nights in the education calendar: the Tes Schools Awards 2018.

The awards celebrate the extraordinary commitment, quality and innovation shown by teachers and support staff across the UK. And this year the night will be more special than ever, marking 10 years since the event was first launched.

The gala ceremony will be held on Friday 22 June at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, and today Tes is announcing the shortlist of entries for 16 coveted awards, chosen by a panel of education experts.

The winners of a further two awards will be announced on the night: lifetime achievement and overall school of the year (which is chosen from the four winners of the early years, primary, secondary and alternative provision school of the year categories).

New for 2018 are the sustainable schools award and the innovative use of technology to influence outcomes category.

Being shortlisted for an award is a great achievement in itself, and the effect of winning can be truly extraordinary. Lois Nicholls, headteacher of Broadford Primary School in east London, which last year won both primary school of the year and overall school of the year, says: “The impact of this award has been overwhelmingly positive. To be recognised nationally as school of the year has been a privilege, and such a proud moment for the whole community.

"It recognises and validates all of the effort our staff put in every single day, working with some of the most vulnerable pupils in the borough. The whole community works together in a very challenging context to secure excellent outcomes.”

And Anna Cain, principal of The Boxing Academy in Hackney, London, which last year picked up alternative provision school of the year, says: “The staff, governors and pupils at the Boxing Academy were pleased as punch with our award. We have built our school on the ethos of boxing as a force for good. To receive recognition at national level is wonderful. In truth, we thought we were too alternative even for the alternative category, so it was a surprise and a delight to win.”

Stay posted for more news in the run-up to 22 June. The awards are hosted by a celebrity guest each year – in 2017, comedian Julian Clary had the audience in stitches. The identity of this year’s celebrity compère will be revealed shortly.

And lastly to the shortlisted entries: well done and good luck.

For more information on this year’s awards ceremony, go to tesawards.co.uk

Early years setting of the year

  • Abraham Moss Community School, Manchester
  • Clyde Early Childhood Centre, Lewisham
  • Diamond Wood Community Academy, Dewsbury
  • Handcross Park School, Haywards Heath
  • Hillcrest Early Years Academy/GAPA at Hillcrest, Gainsborough
  • Pebbles Childcare, Worthing
  • Pen Green Centre for Children and their Families, Corby
  • Ysgol Rhostyllen, Wrexham

Primary school of the year

  • Boundary Primary School, Blackpool
  • Christ Church CE Primary School, Sparkbrook
  • Countess Anne School, Hatfield
  • Curwen Primary School, Plaistow
  • Eldon Primary School, Preston
  • Feversham Primary Academy, Bradford
  • Mayflower Primary School, London
  • Shaldon Primary School, Shaldon

Secondary school of the year

  • Alperton Community School, Brent
  • Formby High School, Formby
  • Fulham Cross Girls’ School, Fulham
  • Isaac Newton Academy, Ilford
  • Kensington Aldridge Academy, North Kensington
  • Ormiston Chadwick Academy, Widnes
  • St Ninian’s High, Kirkintilloch
  • St John Plessington Catholic College, Wirral

Alternative provision school of the year

  • The Beckmead Family of Schools, Beckenham
  • Brookside Academy, Street
  • Clare Mount Specialist Sports College, Wirral
  • Finch Woods Academy, Liverpool
  • Gloucestershire Hospital Education Service, Cheltenham
  • Knowle DGE Learning Centre, Bristol
  • London East Alternative Provision, London
  • Malden Oaks Pupil Referral Unit, Kingston upon Thames

New teacher of the year

  • Abed Ahmed (Holte School, Birmingham)
  • Maria Angel MBE (St Teresa’s, Effingham)
  • Emma Buckley (Venturers’ Academy, Bristol)
  • Lisa Buckley (Lakeside School, Liverpool)
  • Sean Di Sora (Mountwood Academy, Preston)
  • Caroline Keep (Penketh High School, Warrington)
  • Elizabeth Selvey (Nether Edge Primary, Sheffield)
  • Benjamin Turner (Oasis Academy Shirley Park, Croydon)

Headteacher of the year

  • Serge Cefai (Sacred Heart Catholic School, Camberwell)
  • Malcolm Drakes (Mead Primary, Romford)
  • Chris Dyson (Parklands Primary, Leeds)
  • Tuesday Humby (Ormiston Chadwick Academy, Widnes)
  • Gary Moore (Regent High School, Camden)
  • Jane Nolan (Ormiston South Parade Academy, Grimsby)
  • Glenn Russell (Stalham Academy, Norfolk)
  • Shane Tewes (Woodside Primary Academy, Walthamstow)

Employer of the year

  • Feversham Primary Academy, Bradford
  • Hillcrest Academy, Gainsborough
  • Longwood Primary Academy, Harlow
  • Mead Primary, Romford
  • Round Diamond School, Stevenage
  • St Peter’s CE Primary School, Farnworth
  • Thinking Schools Academy Trust, Kent
  • Wolverhampton Grammar School, Wolverhampton

English teacher or team of the year

  • De Aston School Academy Trust, Market Rasen: Sarah Peacock
  • Danes Hill School, Oxshott
  • The Federation of St Joseph’s Catholic Junior, Infant and Nursery Schools, London
  • Grange Park Primary School, Sunderland
  • Hovingham Primary School, Leeds
  • Penwortham Girls’ High School, Penwortham
  • Salisbury Road Primary School, Plymouth
  • Wyndham Primary Academy, Derby

Innovative use of technology to influence outcomes

  • Forest Gate Community School, London
  • Jubilee Wood Primary School, Fishermead
  • Levenshulme High School, Manchester: Sheraz Ali
  • Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill, Wembley: Cedric Durantin
  • Seaview Primary School and Nursery, Belfast
  • Westmorland School, Chorley
  • Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, Llandeilo: Ian Chriswick and Steven Crawford

Maths teacher or team of the year

  • Masefield Primary School, Bolton: Andy Done
  • Mill Ford Special School, Plymouth: Celina Cox
  • The North London Collegiate School, Edgware
  • Ormiston Chadwick Academy, Cheshire: Nicola Whiston
  • Parklands Primary, Leeds
  • The Totteridge Academy, Barnet
  • Wolverhampton Grammar School, Wolverhampton : Nic Anderson
  • Wyndham Primary Academy, Derby

Science, technology and engineering teacher or team of the year

  • Ardingly College, Haywards Heath
  • Dalziel High School, Motherwell
  • Eastbury Community School, Barking
  • Gomer Junior School, Gosport
  • Kirton Primary School, Boston
  • LWS Academy, Southampton
  • The Mosslands School, Wirral
  • The Ursuline Academy Ilford

International award

  • The Abbey School, Faversham
  • Brighton College, Brighton
  • Cherry Grove Primary School, Chester
  • Dane Royd Junior and Infant School, Wakefield
  • Endon High School, Endon
  • Hull Collegiate School, Anlaby
  • Little Bowden Primary School, Market Harborough
  • Redmaids’ High School, Bristol

Sustainable schools award

  • Beswick & Watton CE VC Primary, Driffield
  • Damers First School, Poundbury
  • Accrington St Christopher’s CE High School, Accrington
  • St Benedict’s Infant School, Birmingham
  • St Gregory’s Catholic Science College, Harrow
  • Sunnyside Primary, Glasgow
  • Ulidia Integrated College, Carrickfergus
  • Victoria Park Primary, Bedminster

Community and collaboration award

  • Abingdon School, Abingdon
  • Alsop High School, Liverpool
  • Brookside Academy, Street
  • Gosforth Academy, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • The Hollins, Accrington
  • The Moment in Time collaborative project, led by Christina Anderson, Woolenwick Infant and Nursery School, Stevenage, and supported by Andy Reavell, Barnwell School, Stevenage
  • Park Community School, Havant
  • Thistley Hough Academy, Penkhull

Healthy school of the year

  • Birtenshaw School, Bolton
  • Charlton Manor Primary, London
  • Hall Cliffe School, Horbury
  • The Limes College, Sutton
  • Longwood Primary Academy and Nursery, Harlow
  • Morecambe Bay Community Primary School, Morecambe
  • Westminster Academy, London
  • Wilds Lodge School, Empingham

Creative school of the year

  • Chapel Break Infant School, Norwich
  • Dagenham Park Church of England School, Dagenham
  • Formby High School, Liverpool
  • Seal Church of England Primary School, Sevenoaks
  • Staindrop Church of England Primary, Darlington
  • St Marylebone Church of England School, Marylebone
  • Varndean School, Brighton
  • Wilds Lodge School, Empingham

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Will Hazell

Will Hazell

Will Hazell is a reporter at Tes

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