Thorpe Hall Shortlisted for Award alongside Rugby and Eton

Thorpe Hall School has been shortlisted for a prominent award alongside some of the most prestigious schools in the country including Rugby School, Repton, Wellington and Eton College.

The Times Educational Supplement (Tes) recognises the most outstanding individuals and institutions of the independent education sector in the shortlist for its annual Independent School Awards, and Thorpe Hall is nominated for the Wellbeing Initiative of the Year –  for the second year running.

The accolade comes hot on the heels of another award for the school in November from the Independent School’s Association which also recognised its ongoing commitment to addressing mental health issues in children and exemplary work to support pupil wellbeing.

Across the school, a broad range of innovations and practices have either been adopted or in many cases created explicitly by Thorpe Hall staff. They exist to scaffold pupils and guide them to manage stress or anxiety, resolve relationship issues and to develop resilience and a healthy mindset. Children at Thorpe Hall are also encouraged to get active, choose better nutrition and adopt wholesome sleep routines. Earlier this month Thorpe Hall’s catering team gained the Gold Healthy Eating Gold Award from Southend-on-Sea’s Borough Council for consistently providing healthy, nutritious meals for children and staff. The overarching aim of the strategies, resources and initiatives is to set a pattern for how a young person will go on to manage their mental health and wellbeing into adulthood and throughout their lives.

The Tes reports that competition for the Independent School Awards this year has been particularly fierce. “We received an unparalleled number of entries this year, all of which were first-rate,” said Tes editor Ann Mroz. “The schools that have been shortlisted should be proud – it’s a remarkable achievement.”

Thorpe Hall’s Headteacher Andrew Hampton commented, “We are thrilled to have been recognised for a second year by the Tes. It’s the publication of the profession and the awards celebrate the very finest ideas and initiatives in education, so to see our name alongside some of the giants like Rugby and Eton is very flattering indeed.”