There was an end of term atmosphere last Friday at the TES School Awards, when some of the best schools, teachers and school leaders were recognised for their achievements.
This year, AQA sponsored the hotly-contested Secondary School of the Year award, which was won by Bohunt School in Liphook, Hampshire.
The school was described by the judges as "an outstanding school that acts beyond its own walls to share its highly successful approach."
Bohunt School is in the top 30 of non-selective schools and the number of its students achieving five A*-C grades at GCSE including maths and English has risen 24% to 86%. It is also a leader in STEM education, hosting a festival for 3,000 people and collaborating with companies like Siemens. Its work narrowing the gap between students who are eligible for free school meals and those that are not has also been singled out by Ofsted as a model of good practice. Bohunt School is also a National Support School, contributing to improvement work in other primary and secondary schools.
Sadie Visick, AQA's Director of Communications and Marketing, presented the trophy to head teacher Neil Strowger and his team.
Sadie said: "We decided to sponsor this award as part of AQA's initiatives to support and showcase inspiring teaching and it's been a real privilege to meet the teachers who are doing such an amazing job, often in very challenging circumstances. They are 100% committed to bringing out the best in all their students and for me, that's what AQA is all about too."
Visit TES Schools Awards 2014.