St Aloysius Catholic Infant and Junior School in Hebburn has been crowned Primary School of the Year at the 2021 Times Educational Supplement (TES) Awards.
The school, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, was commended for its exceptional learning and development provision where children and their families are put at the heart of the teaching approach.
Chief Executive at The Chartered College of Teaching, Dame Alison Peacock, who judged this year’s awards, said: “I’m impressed by the joyful warmth of St Aloysius Primary.
"It is clear that this is a school where anything feels possible and where the highest standards across an incredibly broad curriculum offer are achieved.
“Great care goes into ensuring that the wider community is involved with the school in a wide variety of ways. Uplifting, purposeful and meaningful, it’s a great place to learn and play.”
Kathryn Fenwick, acting headteacher at St Aloysius, said the school prioritises helping parents and children to learn together to encourage stronger family bonds, better home lives and greater achievements both academically and socially.
“We’re absolutely delighted to be named TES Primary School of the Year 2021,” she said.
“To win such a prestigious national award is a fantastic achievement and shows how St Aloysius continues to be an incredible place to work and learn.
“As the judges commented, our school is a place of joyful warmth, where anything certainly does feel possible! This is an award for the whole of Hebburn and we hope it will be celebrated by our entire community.
“Thank you to our wonderful pupils, staff and families who, even during the challenges of the past year, have continued to amaze me each day with their positivity, hard work and kindness.”
Kathryn said St Aloysius aims to sit at the heart of the community, providing a wide range of after school activities from skipping and sewing to cello playing and coding club - working to further strengthen the relationship between home and school to ensure every child is given the opportunities to reach their potential.
Brendan Tapping, CEO of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, said: “This award is hugely deserved and everyone who plays a part in making St Aloysius great - our staff, our children, their families and the wider local community - should feel very proud of their achievements.
“As a trust, we focus on creating better schools, better communities and better futures in Christ.”