BGS wins Independent Schools of the Year 2019 award
Pupils and staff at Bury Grammar School are celebrating after winning the Independent Schools of the Year: Green Award for Environmental Achievement at a glittering awards ceremony in central London on Monday.
Praised by judges for the outstanding student experience they provide to pupils across all years, Bury Grammar School beat stiff competition from entrants from across the UK.
The awards are run by Independent School Parent magazine and open to independent schools from across the country.
Mrs Jo Anderson, Principal of Bury Grammar School, said: "We are thrilled to have received this award and are delighted with the glowing feedback we received from the judges. This accolade reflects the hard work and dedication of both our staff and the children, and our commitment to ensuring we provide our pupils with the very best educational experience there is to offer. We look forward now to sharing this success with the whole school community, including our parents, students, and teaching teams."
Mrs Kerry Lynch, Eco Schools Co-ordinator at BGS, said: "We are absolutely delighted to receive this award. The momentum gained since we first began our Eco journey here at Bury Grammar School is incredible and is indicative of how strongly our pupils feel about environmental issues. It is these very pupils that are paving the way for a sustainable future at Bury Grammar School and they should be immensely proud to receive such a prestigious accolade."
The awards ask to see evidence of success stories that feature both individuals and innovative practice, for a judging panel that is made up of heads, governors, parents and representatives of membership associations from across the sector and chaired by Dr Helen Wright, former President of the Girls School Association and Vice-Chair of the Independent Schools Council.
David Moncrieff is Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board at Independent School Parent magazine who run the awards. He said: "Following the huge success of the inaugural competition last year, which saw more than 250 school nominations entered, we are thrilled to have surpassed that figure for Independent Schools of the Year 2019. The awards were once again designed with the student experience at their heart and to provide schools with a platform to showcase their stories of innovation and success. The judges had a tough job on their hands picking the winners from the shortlisted entries, but the schools we have seen tonight (7th Oct) were hugely deserving."
This year saw a record number of entries from a wide range of schools; from tiny rural pre-preps through to large urban secondaries in a broad range of geographical areas. There were twenty different categories, a reflection of the depth and breadth of the independent school experience.
All those who made the finals gathered in London for a drinks reception where winners were presented with trophies by the judges. All the finalists will now be featured in a widely distributed special winner’s supplement magazine and will be given a rosette to display alongside their brand.