Shortlisted for Two National Awards by The Times Educational Supplement (Tes)



The Times Educational Supplement (Tes) celebrates the outstanding individuals and institutions of the independent education sector in the shortlist for its annual Independent School Awards. This year’s finalists include Rugby School, Wellington, Brighton College and Rodean, and many more of the UK’s biggest and most prestigious independent schools.

For the third year running, Thorpe Hall has made the Tes shortlist. It was nominated in 2019 and 2020 for exemplary work to support the wellbeing and mental health of its pupils and staff. Its name appears twice this year, with Thorpe Hall in the running for the Whole School Community Initiative of the Year and the much-coveted Tes Senior School of the Year Award.

The new nominations recognise several areas of the school’s provision, from the unique experiences it offers pupils to its approach to developing independent learners with excellent cognitive skills, set for a lifetime of learning.

Pupils’ Wellbeing – A framework of strategies and initiatives help pupils manage stress, resolve friendship issues and develop healthy relationships. The Girls on Board approach, created and pioneered by Thorpe Hall, has now been adopted by over 200 schools and benefits over 50,000 girls in schools across the UK and overseas.

Pupil Progress – A school’s ‘Value Added’ score measures how well each pupil does at GCSE compared to predictions generated by nationally recognised tests in Year 7. Last year, Thorpe Hall’s ‘Value Added’ score was 0.75. That means that for every 10 GCSEs taken, 7.5 of them were a whole grade higher than predicted.

GCSE Offering – The GCSE offering at Thorpe Hall is broad, with options including Dance, Child Development, Film Studies, Media Studies, Food and Nutrition, Drama, Music, Business Studies and Computer Sciences.

Greater ‘Choice’ – A weekly ‘Choice’ programme’ encourages pupils to try new activities and learn new skills. With film making, enterprise, fishing, drone making and many more, ‘Choice’ activities aim to build competencies such as social skills, communication, perseverance and creativity.

Unique Experiences – Supporting the curriculum is a rich and varied offer of different experiences. School trips have included a calligraphy lesson at the Japanese Embassy, a mock trial at the Royal Courts of Justice, a pupil-led design workshop on prosthetics at the Royal College of Surgeons, a residential exchange trip to an Efterskole in Denmark and West End Musical Theatre workshops.

Community Partnerships – Over the last two years, Thorpe Hall successfully set out to become a hub of community engagement and make a significant impact. The school prides itself on its work with education and improving the lives of Southend children, young people and their families, as well as its support for the wider community.

“I am so delighted that Thorpe Hall School has been recognised in these prestigious awards. To be nominated as Senior School of the Year is an extraordinary achievement when you consider the illustrious and world-famous schools that we are competing against. My congratulations go out to everyone involved in the school. To have been also nominated for Whole-School Community Initiative of the Year is a testament to the commitment that the school is making to be at the heart of the Southend community, with the aim of making lives better for local people. This is only the beginning, and we will see a lot more from the school in years to come.”

Andrew Hampton BA; LTCL; MEd; NPQH; FRSA – Headteacher