Surbiton High School is celebrating after winning the Sports Award at the TES Independent School Awards.
The TES Awards celebrate the most outstanding individuals and institutions that the independent sector has to offer. Hundreds of independent schools from across the country are eligible for the awards and the shortlisted nominees attended a fantastic awards ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House last weekend.
Surbiton High School beat off strong competition to win the Sports Award. The school impressed the judges with the scope and depth of its Sporting Choice for All programme. The scheme aims to inspire, encourage and empower pupils of all abilities through sports, while encouraging them to hone their expertise and skills in pursuit of excellence. Its reach has been extensive; the school runs 80 different clubs that offer weekly activities outside the curriculum, reaching some 3,500 pupils from pre-prep to Sixth Form.
The school’s approach to teaching sport is underpinned by the Charter for Well-Being, a whole school initiative aimed at helping pupils flourish. Its impact has been particularly evident in sports, where pupils learn vital life skills such as determination, leadership and confidence – an important part of the school’s commitment to deliver an Education with Character.
Congratulating the school, Lead Judge Richard Walden said:
‘Surbiton’s holistic perspective, strong participation levels and thorough approach had set it apart from the 33 other entries in the category. Their whole school ethos of sporting commitment, enthusiasm, choice and achievement impressed the judges.’
Sunita Pottay, Director of Sport at Surbiton High School was delighted, exclaiming:
‘The Sporting Choice for All programme has developed strong lines of communication between pupils, staff and parents to ensure mass participation in all areas of sport as well as excellence. There is a place in sport for every child at Surbiton High School and we create a strong sense of belonging whatever their level. The ultimate aim is to ensure pupils leave Surbiton High with a lifelong love of sport.’
Principal Rebecca Glover added:
‘I am absolutely delighted that Surbiton High School has won such a prestigious award. Our wide and varied sporting programme is a key component of our commitment to deliver an Education with Character; the depth and variety of sports on offer means our pupils can flourish in an extraordinarily wide range of disciplines. Our successes in rowing, tennis, gymnastics, hockey, netball, football and skiing speak for themselves. The school is now poised to embark on an ambitious cricket programme that will only add to the depth offered.
‘We are very proud of our pupils who compete on a national and international level. Representing their school, county and country develops a whole range of important attributes such as the ability to work in a team and to support each other as well as dedication, commitment and perseverance.
‘Our inclusive sporting programme, however, is about much more than training our pupils to be the very best. Our tailored provision means that each child can find a sport they enjoy. Our plethora of sports clubs means our pupils have the opportunity to exercise regularly whilst participating in a sport they love.’