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Cheltenham school recognised at Education Business Awards

St Edward's School in Cheltenham has been recognised for its outstanding progress.

The school picked up the Outstanding Progress Award for the independent sector at the Education Business Awards in London yesterday (June 15).

The ceremony, hosted by TV personality Jeff Brazier, recognised the school's outstanding achievements in a variety of areas across school life including recruitment, capital projects, ICT, partnerships and progress.

St Edward's was represented at the awards by John Lewis, deputy head - pastoral, who was delighted to accept the award on behalf of the entire school community.

The award is presented to the UK independent school which has made outstanding progress in the management of its facilities, finances and human resources and can demonstrate an increase in the educational performance of the school.

The judges said: "St Edward's reputation and results have been growing since the arrival of new headmaster, Matthew Burke, who has been shortlisted for a TES Headteacher of the Year award. January this year saw the school become part of the Alpha Schools Group, which has pledged to invest £3m in facilities and provide new bursaries and scholarships."

The award is in recognition not only of the outstanding academic progression the school has made in recent times, but also based on the feedback of students and parents from the school. The judges were positive about the environment that has been created at the school, enabling students to fulfil their potential.

For the first time in the school's history, it will be offering alternatives to A Level for 6th form students from September 2023, which has been met with excitement from current year 10 pupils and has generated interest from the wider community.

This award caps off a great week for St Edward's, which announced yesterday that it had been awarded World Class Award status from High Performance Learning in recognition of the academic and pastoral outcomes of the school.

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