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School of the Year

Sporting Achievement

It really was a case of 'third time lucky' for Birkwood, as it scooped the School of the Year award.

Having been nominated twice already, staff had everything crossed before heading into the ceremony.

It is considered an outstanding school by Ofsted, and it was noted by the inspection team: “Something special and something of excellence happens at Birkwood.”

As well as high educational standards, the children are also taught life skills and to be the best they can be.

Upon receiving the award, headteacher Julie Allen said: “I'm so overwhelmed and I'm thrilled to bits for our whole school community and especially our children - they so deserve this.

“They all wished us luck and said they hoped we would win - they're going to be ecstatic.

“I'm delighted to receive the award. On one hand we think we deserve it and on the other it is very humbling.”

We know that there are some brilliant primary and secondary schools in Barnsley who inspire pupils to achieve more than just great exam results.

For our School of the Year award we want to look beyond the traditional measures of a great school – although achievement is important, this award will go to the school who inspires its pupils to be the best they can be.

The following points are intended as guidelines only, to help you with your nomination.

  • Tell us something the school seems to be really good at.
  • Describe things the school does to welcome you and make you feel comfortable? How does the school listen to people’s views and ideas?
  • How does the school go that extra mile? Do they do something that you wouldn’t expect them to?
  • Has the school done something really special for you or someone you know?
  • What sort of things does the school do to be part of the local area or community?
  • What has the school done to help pupils reach their potential?
  • Tell us how this school inspires people and raises aspirations, regardless of exam results.

Our winner will offer something extra to its pupils and will give parents, carers and guardians the added assurance that this school listens and truly meets the emotional and intellectual needs of their child.