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Tes Creative School of the Year

On Friday 22 June the national TES Awards were held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Formby High School was shortlisted for the Most Creative School and Secondary School of the Year. Eight schools were shortlisted in both categories. We are delighted to confirm that FHS won the Creative School of the Year and Mr Cook received the award on stage from Al Murray (Pub Landlord). This is one of the most high profile events in the education calendar, attracting an audience of 1000, including the Secretary of State for Education and HM Chief Inspector of Schools. It is a phenomenal achievement and deserved recognition of the great work that takes place at FHS on a daily basis to promote creativity. Mr Mackenzie commented how receiving the award on this national platform was a moment of great pride.

We did not win the Secondary School of the Year, losing out to Kensington Aldridge Academy, the school that neighbours Grenfell Tower and lost five of its students in the disaster. Within two months of the fire it had reopened, relocating to new, temporary accommodation, and recently it received an outstanding Ofsted judgement. The school’s story over the last year is an inspiration and they are wholly deserving winners of the award.

Visit the Times Educational Supplement (Tes) Awards website for a full overview of the event and the winners.

Well done Team Formby High!


DofE Expeditions

Shortly before half term, 54 Year 9 students travelled to the West Pennine Moors for the weekend to complete their Bronze Practice Expedition (in preparation for their upcoming Qualifying expedition next weekend). The students had the opportunity to showcase the skills that they have learned and developed during their training sessions to navigate, walk, cook and camp over the two days. They certainly had the weather for it, basking in 20°C heat and blazing sunshine. They managed to motivate and support one another during the weekend, arriving to camp on time and impressing the assessors. Our expedition providers, AtoZ Expeditions, commended the students on their attitude and maturity, stating that they were pleased and proud with how successful the weekend had been. We now look forward to next weekend when we have both our Bronze and Gold Qualifying Expeditions out on the West Pennine Moors and Cumbria. Good luck to everyone involved – we’re supporting you all the way!

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TES Awards Twice the Fun

As previously reported, FHS has been shortlisted for the ‘Secondary School of the Year’ and ‘Creative School of the Year’ national TES Awards (Times Educational Supplement).  All shortlisted schools were invited to Afternoon Tea at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster where they met with industry professionals, the TES team (including Editor and Digital Publishing Director Ann Mroz) and MPs from all over the country.  Our own dynamic double, Mrs Blanchard and Mr Cook, represented FHS at the event where they came across former FHS students Angela and Maria Eagle, now both successful Members of Parliament, who were delighted to see their former school shortlisted.  The grand awards ceremony takes place in London on Friday 22 June 2018 and we are all very proud to be recognised on this national platform and excited to hear the results in a couple of weeks’ time!