Thorpe Hall School Shortlisted at the TES Independent School Awards 2019


The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the independent sector has to offer have been recognised in the shortlist for the 2019 Tes Independent School Awards.

Thorpe Hall School has been shortlisted for the Wellbeing Initiative of The Year award for Girls on Board, an approach developed by the school’s Headteacher Andrew Hampton to help girls navigate the choppy waters of friendships and stay focused on their education.

Girls on Board helps girls, between the ages of 8 and 18, their parents and their teachers to understand the complexities and dynamics of girl friendships. The language, methods and ideas empower girls to solve their own friendship problems and recognises that they are usually the only ones who can. By empowering girls to find their own solutions, parents need worry less, schools can focus more on the curriculum, and the girls learn more effectively. The ethos behind Girls on Board is ‘Happier Girls Do Better’ – a sentiment widely acknowledged in all schools across the UK. Thanks to the work of Andrew Hampton and Thorpe Hall School, hundreds of teachers are now supporting thousands of girls in their friendships through Girls on Board.

Headteacher Andrew Hampton said: “I am thrilled that our work with Girls on Board has been recognised by the Tes. It is an honour to be in such an impressive and influential group of finalists. Girls on Board plays a significant role in Thorpe Hall’s wellbeing programme for girls and more and more schools across the country are now adopting the approach. I regularly hear reports of the genuine difference it is making.”

Tes editor Ann Mroz said: “Independent education in this country is truly world class. It’s one of our great success stories. And those shortlisted for the Tes Independent School Awards are the crème de la crème. We received a record number of entries this year, and the standard is the highest yet, so to be shortlisted is an extraordinary achievement for any school.”

Tes, formerly known as the Times Educational Supplement, is the leading publication for the UK community of teachers and school leaders. Its annual awards recognise the very best practices and innovations in education. The winners of the Tes Independent School Awards 2019 will be revealed at a gala evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, in February.