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TES Schools Award winners announced


Many congratulations to Uplands School in Swindon, which won two awards at Friday’s TES School Awards, including the top prize for Overall School of the Year.

Uplands, which caters for students aged 11-19 with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties, or autistic spectrum condition, also took home the ASDAN-sponsored Alternative Provision School of the Year Award.

Judges highlighted the school’s pupil-run high street shops which introduce students to the world of work and the excellent academic achievement of learners, particularly in literacy and numeracy.

It is especially keen to build bridges to mainstream life, to enable its pupils to make the transition to adulthood and self-sufficiency, the judges added.

They also described the school as “astonishing”, saying that it is “an amazing place to both work and be a student”.

Uplands has been running ASDAN programmes and qualifications, such as Preparing for Adulthood and Personal Progress, since 2006. Last year it was the recipient of an ASDAN grant to help create a living willow dome and tunnel, which was featured in the latest issue of the ASDAN Bulletin.

Another ASDAN-registered school, Abraham Moss Community School, won the Community and Collaboration Award for its work with Somali students in Manchester.

Meanwhile, the Maths Team of the Year prize went to Kings Norton Girls’ School in Birmingham.

The TES Schools Awards ceremony was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London and was hosted by the comedian Greg Davies.