Hazelwood Integrated College in north Belfast has been shortlisted for the Secondary School of the Year title in the awards scheme run by the Times Educational Supplement (TES). These awards recognise outstanding individuals and institutions in education. The panel stresses that entries are assessed on more than academic achievement and applicants are asked to demonstrate “innovation, imagination and efforts to develop children in ways that go beyond the league tables”.
Hazelwood IC – the only school from NI shortlisted in its category – focused its application on three main areas: pastoral care; staff and student wellbeing; and high expectations of achievements and standards. The application was backed up by evidence from school inspectors, external agencies that work with the school and press cuttings showing the College’s many successes.
Commenting on the entries from around the UK, editor of the TES, Ann Mroz, said
“It is wonderful so see such great ideas and excellent practice emerging from our schools and teachers, especially at a time when schools are under financial pressure. We had a record number of entries this year and the standard was very high, so all those shortlisted should be very proud: it’s an extraordinary achievement to be on this shortlist.”
One member of Hazelwood IC’s staff has been invited to tea at the House of Commons on 05 June, and a group from the school will travel to London for the gala award ceremony later that month.
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