We are absolutely thrilled to announce that following a rigorous process the Independent Schools Association (ISA) have informed us that we are one of the three finalists across the nation for Junior School of the Year. To have our excellence in academia, pupil development and pastoral support recognised in this way is wonderful and I want to praise and thank the staff, families and our incredible pupils for everything that they do to keep Heathcote the happy hub of learning that it is.
The criteria to be ISA Junior School of the Year is daunting, applicants are required to demonstrate how their school makes a positive difference to the educational outcomes of the children in its care. These outcomes can be in any or multiple areas of a school’s operation, such as their development and provision for the curriculum, sport, the arts, the co-curriculum or special educational needs. Schools need to prove their sustained excellence in personal and/or academic outcomes, or even the success of an individual child over and above expectations.
The selected few finalists of this prestigious award show their ability to demonstrate the clear cause-and-effect between decisions made by the school and the exceptional outcomes achieved. No mean feat as you can see! However, we rose to this challenge.
At Heathcote, we ensure that the individual is catered for as fully as possible, whether this be through support or extension programs of interventions, wellbeing tracking and guidance, 11+ and secondary examination and scholarship preparation, subject specialist teaching from Nursery to Form 6, a plethora of cross-curricular clubs and activities, Heathcote staffed wrap around care 7.30am-6pm for 48 weeks of the year or just a hug and a smile when they need it; our pupils mean the world to us and we treat them as family, because at Heathcote, our community is exactly that: our family.
We want the very best for the members of this amazing school and we shoot for the stars in every way we can. Clearly the ISA have recognised this and we’re very proud!
By Mrs Samantha Scott, Head Teacher
You can read more on the ISA Awards 2021 here.