We are delighted that St Ives has been shortlisted for the pre-prep / prep school of the year award at the prestigious 2018 TES Independent School Awards. This is a huge accolade as we are one of only 8 schools nominated, with competition from some of the finest and most respected of the country’s 620 independent prep schools.
The nomination recognises the success of St Ives, not only in academic achievement but also innovation, imagination and efforts to develop children in ways that go beyond the league tables. We are of course extremely proud of the high academic standards of our pupils, in a non-selective environment, but we recognise that this represents only part of developing the whole child. The breadth of wider experiences offered at St Ives allows all our children to develop as individuals, to grow a general life-long love of learning and to naturally achieve and progress. This was evident in 50% scholarships to senior schools, 34 distinctions and 5 merits in Verse & Prose / Acting exams, qualification for the IAPS swimming and coming 2nd in the National United Ideas invention competition.
Ann Mroz, the Editor of the TES has said “Independent education in this country is world class. It’s one of Britain’s great success stories. And those shortlisted for the TES Independent School Awards are the cream of the crop. This year we had more entries than ever, the standard was the best yet and the competition fiercer than ever before. To be shortlisted is an extraordinary achievement.”
Our Chair of Governors, Graham Harvey-Browne, has also said of the news “We are delighted and very proud to hear this wonderful news. This is a testament to the dedication and hard work of Mrs Goldsworthy, Miss Smith and all of the teaching and support staff at St Ives and is a clear indicator of the continued success of the school in producing well rounded young people who are inspired and supported in achieving their potential.”
Our broad curriculum is enriched and enhanced by a fantastic array of activities and events which have provided good reason for our nomination of this award. Our magical Forest School, educational visits, focus on local community and whole school charity days are just a few examples of how we broaden the perspective of our pupils and develop the whole child. At St Ives we provide opportunities for each child to discover, develop and showcase their individual interests and talents whether that be in music, art, sport or other areas. In this way, we provide a truly nurturing and inspiring environment.
We would like to thank all our staff and pupils for their dedication and commitment