Kings Norton Girls’ School celebrate prestigious TES Award

The Kings Norton Girls’ School maths team collect their award from Greg Davies

The Kings Norton Girls’ School maths team collect their award from Greg Davies

Kings Norton Girls’ School in Birmingham is celebrating after winning the award for Maths Teacher or Team of the Year at the TES Schools Awards.

Among many other things the judges were impressed all classes at the school up to year 10 are mixed-ability.

In recognising the school’s strengths in doing this they said: “This avoids students being labelled as “bottom” or “top” set and instead instills in each child the belief that they can achieve in maths.”

They added: “Students are extremely positive about maths at the school, and this is reflected in GCSE results that are well above the national average.

“Participation in extra-curricular maths clubs is also impressive and overspill rooms are regularly required. The department’s holistic approach and imaginative teaching are rewarded by excellent results and outstanding student engagement.”

The judges added that they felt many other schools could learn from Kings Norton Girls’ School’s “innovative approach”.

The TES Schools Awards are now in their seventh year and recognise outstanding contributions made by education teams and individuals to help students succeed, both inside and outside the classroom.

Winners and those shortlisted attended a black-tie event in London, hosted by BAFTA-nominated writer and comedian Greg Davies.

The event saw more than 1,000 people celebrate all that is outstanding in education, from the efforts of individual teachers to the work of entire schools.

The awards have 17 categories, including primary school, head teacher and healthy school of the year. New accolades have been introduced in 2015 for teacher-bloggers and early years’ settings, in addition to an award for the most creative school.

The winners were chosen by a panel of judges including the writer Anthony Horowitz, Dr Lee Elliot Major, chief executive of the Sutton Trust, and Colin Bell, chief executive of the Council of British International Schools.