Northease Shortlisted for Prestigious National Award!
It’s just been announced that we have been short-listed in the TES Independent School Awards, a prestigious annual contest which highlights the most outstanding schools in the country.
Times Educational Supplement shortlists Northease for a Prestigious National Award
Northease Manor is being recognised for Special Needs Initiative of the Year, reflecting the huge achievements of the new Head, Claire Farmer in transforming the school in her first year in post.
Northease Manor caters for up to 120 children aged 10-17 with various learning difficulties including high-functioning autism, ADHD, dyslexia and dyscalculia. A new Chair of Governors, Julie Toben, joined the school in November 2016 as part of a plan to upgrade and develop the school, and Claire Farmer was appointed in January 2017.
In just one year Claire and Julie have dramatically improved the school, with huge changes to the curriculum, the teaching, and the various support programmes. All this culminated in an extremely successful Ofsted inspection in March 2018 with the inspectors giving much praise to Claire, her Deputy Head Oliver Kendall and the staff.
Meanwhile Charity Bank is so impressed it has offered to support the next three years of the business plan, which will see exciting investment in teaching resources and the boarding accommodation. In June 2018 Claire Farmer was a main speaker at the Autism Show in London’s Excel Centre; pupil numbers are increasing fast, and the last Open Day attracted a record 55 families – potentially increasing the size of the pupil roll by 50%.
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.”
Northease Head Claire Farmer said: “I am so delighted we’ve been shortlisted for the award, especially as we were up against schools of all shapes and sizes who have also done wonderful things in the special education field. Being short-listed is a tribute to the really hard work that all our staff do - they’re truly dedicated and it’s lovely that their care and professionalism has been recognised like this. Our students, of course, are the real winners, because everything we do is for them and they receive a fabulous education here.”