Congratulations to St Mary’s Church of England Primary School in Moss Side, Manchester who have won the TES Award for ‘School of the Year’ for Community and Enterprise. This is a national award and they have been recognised as the best school in this nation for this category.
Judges said the school ‘has shown a real and genuine engagement with the community, with a particularly excellent focus on mothers and daughters, all underpinned by commitment, intelligence and a sound theoretical base’.
Various projects have been initiated by the school including a weekly group for women focused on parenting skills and educational achievement and volunteer roles that can help parents into education and employment. Parents and pupils also joined forces in a community arts project to form a collection of books, folders on display at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester.
Head teacher Jenny McGarry said: “We try very hard to make sure that parents are as valued as the pupils because we recognise that working together will achieve the best outcomes for children.”
Councillor Afzal Khan, Executive Member for Children’s Services at Manchester City Council said: “It shows how blending home, community and school life achieves great results for children and helps parents into work.”
The school received their award on Friday July 5 at a ceremony in London at the TES Schools Awards, presented at Park Plaza in front of an audience of over 700 people. The awards aim to showcase the best of the best in UK education. We feel particularly proud as St Marys was one of the first schools we worked in back in the early 2000’s delivering our healthy eating drama workshops, so it’s great to see the school being recognised for doing such fantastic work in our local community!