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'Outstanding' achievement as Dagenham school wins national English prize

PUBLISHED: 10:51 28 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:51 28 June 2017

Julian Clary with teachers Alison Brookes, Gary Brookes and sponsor Mark Morris from Pet-Xi Training Picture: Dagenham Park Church of England School

Julian Clary with teachers Alison Brookes, Gary Brookes and sponsor Mark Morris from Pet-Xi Training Picture: Dagenham Park Church of England School

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A school's passion for language and literature has resulted in national recognition at an awards ceremony hosted by comedian Julian Clary.

Dagenham Park Church of England School bagged the English Teacher or Team of the Year at this year’s 2017 Tes Schools Awards.

A spokeswoman for digital education company Tes said the school’s enthusiasm for English had ensured victory.

“This is a school that has a compassionate professionalism at its heart, and it is clear from the parents and pupils that the teachers’ work is hugely appreciated,” she said. “In an exceptional shortlist, Dagenham Park Church of England School had the wow factor.”

The ninth annual awards ceremony was held on Friday, June 23, at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane on Friday, June 23, where the school was praised for “dedicated teachers” delivering “engaging lectures” as well as parent classes and additional lessons for pupils outside school hours.

Deputy headteacher Chris Ash said the award was a fitting farewell to the school’s head of English, Gary Brookes, who will be leaving his School Road workplace in July, when he retires.

“The school is so proud to win this prestigious award,” he said. “It is a reward for all the hard work teachers, staff, governors parents, carers and students have put in.

“It is also a fitting farewell for Gary Brookes head of English who is retiring in July this year.”

The school, latest exam results placed it in the country’s top one per cent, also boosted interest in literature with its “book-buzz” scheme, which guarantees every pupil has a book at home and through which book-related competitions are held at the school regularly.

Mr Ash said the “outstanding” exam results, coupled with the innovative way in which film clubs and theatre trips had been intertwined with the school’s curriculum showed his school was serious about language literature, with the school school also regularly hosting poets and authors.

The full results of the awards ceremony, which featured 16 other categories, will be published online at tesawards.co.uk on Friday, June 30.

Tes, which works with 8million educators across the world, regards only schools that make an “outstanding” contribution to education worthy of the awards.

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