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Dorchester School Up For National Award


6:27pm 20th September 2013

An independent school in Dorchester faces tough competition from around the country after being shortlisted for a National Award.

Sunninghill Prep School has been chosen by the Independent School Awards for its collaboration work with other local schools. It's been nominated for Best Independent-Maintained Schools Collaboration, which says it recognises excellence in joint initiatives with state schools and that it is also a particularly topical category, given the growing number of school academies.

The school has now been part of the Dorset Area Schools Partnership (DASP) for four years, with Head teacher Andrew Roberts-Wray being a keen advocate.

We spoke to Andrew and he said the collaboration work they had done was very unique to the school, "We're working every level of the school from Head teacher and Governor level, right the way down to children doing joint projects together, and with the teachers also working together to develop best practise it really is a Comprehensive exercise that's not being done elsewhere."

When asked how he thought the school would fare Andrew was positive, "We're a nice, small, little school of 180 pupils facing some of the bigger names in the Country like Brighton College and King Edwards in Birmingham, which are much bigger secondary schools. We definitely punch well above our weight and we're trying to do our bit to make Dorchester a Centre of Excellence for education."

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