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Wirral's Observatory School crowned winner in TES Schools Awards 2019

The Observatory School in the Wirral has been crowned a winner in the International Award category at the TES Schools Awards 2019. 

The team were presented with their award by comedian, Harry Hill, at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, while Riverside Primary School was also shortlisted for an award in the Creative school of the year category.

Tes Editor Ann Mroz said: “We had a record number of entries this year and the standard was incredibly high so all our winners should be extremely proud of their achievement.  The quality of entries was superb, and as always, our illustrious panel of judges deliberated long and hard to reach its final selections. 

“We’ve had the privilege of hearing about so many creative and inspiring initiatives that are improving outcomes and life chances of young people.  The spirit of great teaching really was at the heart of each and every entry and it’s been wonderful to see such amazing ideas and excellent practice emerging from our schools, especially considering the difficult circumstances that many schools operate under.”

The Observatory School, based on Bidston Village Road, Birkenhead, has completed projects through the eTwinning network with more than 21 countries.  The judges were particularly impressed with an exchange trip to Finland for five pupils with ADHD and autistic spectrum conditions.  Judges described the school as “a shining example of how education can open up and widen pupils’ perceptions of the world.”

The school has done incredibly well to be named the winners, they were specifically recognised for the support they give to their 72 pupils who have social, emotional and mental health needs in encouraging them to work with young people from different countries.

The Tes awards have been running for more than 10 years to recognise the outstanding individuals and institutions that the education sector has to offer.  They were judged by a collection of the UK’s most illustrious education experts. 

Deputy Head Sarah Gower said: “I really didn’t think we’d win! A lot of hard work and dedication has gone into this.”

Ian McQueen, Head of Pastoral said: “We’ve organised trips to Finland and France for the children. Many of them have never been abroad and many of their parents have never been abroad. This international focus really helps to open their eyes.”

Comedian, Harry Hill, who presented the awards on Friday (21st June) evening said: “I felt quite emotional tonight giving out these awards – thanks so much for inviting me. What a night!”

To view a full list of the winners pick up a copy of this week’s Tes, or visit