Thorpe Hall School Wins ISA Award for Excellence and Innovation

Award Winning Thorpe Hall School

Thorpe Hall School has been recognised for excellence and innovation in its senior provision at the 2016 Independent Schools Association (ISA) Awards.

Recognising the success of the school’s pastoral care initiative Girls on Board, the award was presented to Headteacher Andrew Hampton at the ISA’s Annual Autumn Conference by Fred Binley from the University of Southampton.

Girls on Board sets out a common platform and language to help girls in early adolescence navigate the often-troubled waters of friendships. It empowers them to solve relational problems and arms them with the skills they need to keep friendships more stable and less disruptive.

Thorpe Hall shares the model with girls in Years 8 to 11 and has found it to be effective at both preventing friendship problems occurring and also helping to solve issues between girls where problems have arisen. Simple role-play scenarios are used to coach girls how to negotiate their own power relationships and create dialogue and debate about fairness, inclusion, empathy and bullying. The model is also shared with parents in an hour-long presentation with specific advice about how parents can help to support their daughters.

“I am thrilled and delighted that Thorpe Hall has been recognised for excellence and innovation.” said Andrew Hampton. “Our work to help girls with their friendship problems has been very successful in school, and a number of other schools have now adopted our methods. I hope many more will now get in touch and see how the work developed here can benefit the girls in their community too.”

Dr Peter Woodroffe, Deputy CEO of the ISA, commented: “The judges enjoyed Thorpe Hall’s creative and innovative approach to the issue of adolescent girls’ friendship problems and the impact these can have on schools.  The judge even commented that they wanted to recommend it to pastoral heads of every secondary in the country!”.

The awards event was hosted by actor Shaun Williamson and winning schools included Copthill School in Grantham, St Petroc’s in Bude, Claires Court in Maidenhead, Radnor House in Twickenham and ACS Egham who celebrated individual successes across a broad range of categories from Provision for Outdoor Leaning to Best Website.

Photographed (Right to Left): Shaun Williamson (Actor & Host), Jane Banks (Deputy Head Pastoral Care at THS), Andrew Hampton (Headteacher at THS) Richard Turner (Deputy Head Curriculum at THS), Fred Binley (Liaison Officer at Southampton University), Neil Roskilly (CEO of the ISA), Stuart Nicholson (Chair of the ISA).