Newcastle’s Royal Grammar School has won a gold star at a prestigious awards ceremony.
RGS Headmaster Dr Bernard Trafford received the award from Buck’s Fizz star Cheryl Baker under the Outstanding Progress Award – Independent Schools category at the Education Business Awards in London.
The award is “presented to the UK independent school that has made outstanding progress in the management of its facilities, finances and human resources and can demonstrate an increase in the educational performance of the school”.
The school was chosen ahead of Brighton College, Bromley High School for Girls, Kilgraston School for Girls in Perthshire, and Wellington College, Berkshire.
The nomination for the RGS read: “Respected throughout the country, pupils at the Royal Grammar School sit the International GCSE for the opportunity to join one of the largest sixth forms in the independent sector. Spectacular achievements in sport and performing arts are backed up by solid progress in examinations since becoming fully co-educational in 2008”.
Dr Trafford said: “In recent years we have succeeded in investing in excellent new facilities, upgrading those we already had and getting better all the time in sport, the arts and in hard-edged exam results – all for the benefit of our fantastic students. So, yes, in all modesty we can say we justify the judges’ choice.”
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