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Royal High Junior School Shortlisted for National Educational Award

13 April 2017

The Royal High School Bath, member of the GDST, are thrilled to have been shortlisted for the prestigious TES Schools Awards 2017. Shortlisted for the award of Creative School of the Year is The Royal High Junior School, which is set in the stunning Cranwell House and award-winning Hope Building, in the west of the city.

The TES Schools Awards, also known as ‘TESSA’s’ are run by the Times Educational Supplement and are now in their ninth year. They celebrate the innovation, achievement and dedication of the staff in schools across the country, and The Royal High Junior School is delighted to have been shortlisted along with just 7 other schools in the creative category and is the only school in the South West, and the only Bath school in any category. Head of the Junior School, Heidi Hughes, says “I am absolutely delighted that The Royal High Junior School has been shortlisted for this award. At RHJS we teach a little differently; we truly believe that creativity is at the heart of enjoyable and effective learning, and to have this recognised by the TES Schools Awards is fantastic”.

To have been shortlisted for creative school of the year is an incredible achievement and shows that creativity is truly at the heart of teaching and learning at the school. The criteria set out by TES for the creative category states “this isn’t about individual projects in art, drama, music or design – although it could take in one or all of these subjects – this is about making children think differently, beyond the strictures of the conventional curriculum. Ideally, schools that enter should have taken a whole-school or cross-curricular approach to one or more projects and seen a blossoming in creativity in their pupils”.

At The Royal High Junior School, the criteria have been met largely through the Cranwell Curriculum, which is a creative curriculum model designed to be diverse, engaging and girl-centered. It draws on the philosophies nurtured by the schools of Reggio Emilia in northern Italy and encourages learners to become integral in creating their own environments, taking ownership of their learning. As well as being recognised by the TESSA’s, the school’s recent ISI inspection report (November 2016) stated, “The well-designed, creative activities provided and the close monitoring by the staff contribute to their high level of achievement. Pupils achieve so well due to them responding readily and positively to the breadth of the junior school curriculum, together with its emphasis on real life experiences”.

The shortlisting of the school for these esteemed educational awards is another incredible achievement by RHS, and follows Pearson Teaching Awards for the Senior Geography department, an ‘Excellent’ rating following their ISI inspection in November, awards from ‘Best Schools’ for both the Boarding provision and IB Diploma, and recent accreditation by HMC to name just a few!

To see the creativity in action for yourself, you can visit the Junior School Open House on Thursday 18th May, or schedule a bespoke tour or taster day for your daughter. Call the Junior School Administrator, Diana Rejiester, on 01225 422931.  

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