St Faith’s win TES Prep School of the Year Award

We are delighted to announce that, at a glittering ceremony at The Grosvenor Hotel, London on 1st February, St Faith’s won the pre-prep/prep school of the year at the prestigious Tes (Times Education Supplement) Independent School Awards 2019.

According to the judges St Faith’s won the highly competitive pre-prep/prep school of the year category for our innovation, commitment to sustainability and “narrative of excellence in a number of key areas of school life”.

The judges continued: “The coeducational prep school is unique in placing Engineering at the core of the curriculum from age seven and offers training on how to teach the subject. Sport is a major part of school life – teams reached 20 national finals in 2017-18 – while all pupils learn at least one musical instrument. Every year group puts on at least one major drama production, and workshops with two special needs schools are a highlight of the school year. This approach has paid dividends: more than 90 per cent of leavers get into their secondary of choice and on average they win 28 scholarships a year. St Faith’s also collaborates with many other schools across multiple different areas. As a ‘lead school’ in the Network of Computing Excellence, it works with 25 schools in developing their IT infrastructure, while their bursar mentors 18 Cambridgeshire schools on low-cost energy saving programmes. The school supports the Cambridgeshire Chess League and its nursing staff hosted a conference about mental health issues facing school-aged children, a first for the county”.

Lead judge Michael Abraham said: “St Faith’s narrowly missed out in 2018 with a magnificent entry but in the great fabled Bruce tradition of try, try and try again, they have this year gone one better. This is an extraordinary entry and a most worthy winner”.

Headmaster Nigel Helliwell commented, “Clearly this is fantastic news for St Faith’s and a much-deserved reward for the outstanding work of all members of staff. It is the strength, cohesiveness and commitment of our staff, working together so effectively with a common vision, that has led to the School’s considerable success in recent times. Every single member of staff has contributed to this wonderful achievement”.

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