Sunninghill Prep School Wins National Award
8:54am 25th November 2013
Sunninghill Prep School in Dorchester has beaten off tough competition from two other large senior schools to win a top award.
The school took first place in the category of Best Independent-Maintained Schools Collaboration for its work with state schools and DASP (Dorset Area Schools Partnership).
Andrew Roberts-Wray, headmaster said: “We’re extremely proud to win this award and I share it with all the school heads in DASP, who work so hard to make this an effective partnership. We’re grateful to Dr Liz Sidwell, former schools commissioner, for giving us some invaluable advice. We have set ourselves some major challenges with DASP and it’s great to be recognised for that.”
The awards judges were education professionals with many years’ experience in some of the UK’s top independent schools, plus leaders of organisations such as the Teaching Awards Trust, Independent Schools Inspectorate, University of Buckingham, National College for School Leadership and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. The speaker was journalist and Radio 4 ‘Excess Baggage’ broadcaster John McCarthy CBE.
Andrew Roberts Wray adds: ‘This award shows that the independent sector does take seriously the importance of working with state schools. DASP shows how it can be done and although there’s a long way to go, we’ve always believed that the DASP model could work nationally. All headteachers – independent or state sector – want the best for their pupils in their care and in partnership we can reach that goal.’