Guernsey Press

Sark School on big stage with award shortlisting

SARK SCHOOL is in the national spotlight after being shortlisted in the community and collaboration category in the annual TES (former Times Educational Supplement) Awards.

Sark School has been shortlisted alongside schools from London and Greater Manchester in the community and collaboration category of the TES Awards. (Picture supplied by Sark School)

An extensive enrichment programme managed by 50 volunteers offers 30 activities for students in Years 2 to 8.

Sark is one of eight shortlisted schools in the category, with the winner to be announced on Friday 25 June at a virtual ceremony.

‘I am bursting with pride that our small island school has been shortlisted for such an award,’ said Dr Nicholas Roberts, Sark School head teacher.

‘Receiving such recognition nationally is an outstanding achievement for a school of our size and it highlights the outstanding work of our staff, children and volunteers.’

Activities include astronomy, equine care, dog handling, Sark French, crafts, a heritage group, sea sports, orchestra, theatre, cookery and more.

All tap into the expertise of Sark residents, Dr Roberts said, to broaden the horizons of students.

‘I have long sung the praises of our enrichment programme and was ecstatic that such an eminent organisation as TES also recognises the brilliance of our co-curricular offering.’

During his two-year tenure, which is drawing to a close, Dr Roberts is proud of all that has been achieved and congratulated all involved for the success.

‘This is the icing on the cake and showcases our amazing school not just to our island community, not just to the Bailiwick, but to the UK mainland and beyond. Sark School has landed on the big stage and I couldn’t be more proud.’

The TES awards aim to celebrate the achievements of staff and schools across the country.

TES editor Jon Severs acknowledged the extra mile schools have gone this past year to keep pupils safe and educated during Covid.

‘We are looking forward to showcasing, as we do every year, just how vital our education professionals are to every facet of this country,’ Mr Severs said.

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