Oakwood Celebrate Shortlisting at TES Awards

Oakwood Primary Academy in Leeds had a fantastic evening at the TES Awards. At a glitzy awards dinner, held at the Grosvenor House hotel on London’s Park Lane, teachers' hard work and dedication was praised by comedian Dara O'Briain. The 17 different awards recognised the achievements of whole schools and the individual teachers working in them.

Oakwood were shortlisted for the International School Award, which recognises the teams within schools who are raising the standards of education and making a positive impact on the personal and academic success of students and the wider community.

Jo Speak, Head of School at Oakwood said: “The whole school were delighted to have been shortlisted for the International School of the Year Award and are thrilled that we were able to celebrate our international contribution at the TES Awards.

"We have weaved international relationships into the tapestry of the academy, which has helped to establish our own international community where all pupils feel safe, valued and respected. Our students are fortunate to be able to develop a wide cultural awareness on a daily basis.

“We hope we can go all the way – in the mean time we continue to act as global citizens and promote an inclusive environment for all.”

The TES School Awards, now in its eighth year celebrates the extraordinary commitment, quality and innovation shown by teachers and support staff across the UK. 

Oakwood is partnered with a school in Mexico, Colegio Americano de Tabasco in Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico. This partnership has had and continues to have whole school involvement and through Connecting Classrooms funding Oakwood welcomed 6 Mexican teachers to the school in November 2015.  The visiting teachers were able to begin their trip with a World Coffee Morning, supported by the Parent’s Forum.

The Global Committee at Oakwood – a sub group of the School Council, is made up of students from across Key stage 2. Democratically elected, their role is to provide a voice for international planning, represent their classes and evaluate what has taken place. As the partnership with the Mexican school develops there is an increasing emphasis on active citizenship.

Oakwood is a part of the very successful Co-operative Academies Trust, which also sponsors three other primary academies in Leeds and The Co-operative Academy of Leeds secondary academy.

Director of the Trust, Frank Norris, said “This is an incredible achievement for Oakwood. All the staff are so passionate about the work that they do and it is a part of the DNA of the academy and it all fits wonderfully with the co-operative values of equality, social responsibility and solidarity. We are all, as a Trust, very proud.

Oakwood did not win the award, sadly, but that doesn’t take anything away from their fantastic achievements.