GTS gains national recognition at the DfE Character Awards 2016

Posted on: 13/07/2016

Pictured: Edward Timpson (The Minister of State for Children and Families) presenting the award to Mrs Sandra Peters.

On 1st July Great Torrington School was one of nine schools to attend the National Conference at the University Birmingham School with Children and Families Minster Edward Timpson where we were crowned regional winner for the DFE Character Awards 2016. 

First introduced in 2015 by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, the awards celebrate excellence and diversity in this field, recognising that character is already being encouraged, nurtured and developed alongside academic rigour through a variety of programmes inside and outside schools across the country. The awards demonstrate that character education can be found within a school's ethos, in the classroom and on the playground, as much as it can be found on the sports field and outside of school in the local community. 

Character development is key to the ethos of GTS, whose mission is 'to inspire confident learners who will have the skills, qualities and qualifications to thrive in our changing world'. Our school is a mixed secondary school which provides an extensive range of enrichment opportunities to help students expand upon their life experiences and give them the grit and determination to "keep trying". Students are encouraged to take part in competitions at local, regional and national levels. These have included; the international Lego league, South West Regional show jumping, Rotary Young Chef, Rotary Youth Speaks, Torrington Carnival, Teen Tech Awards, Maths Challenge and the GTS Spelling Bee. All with the objective of giving students experiences that enhance their academic achievements to offer them the widest opportunity for future careers and life-long learning. 

Sandra Peters, Personalised Learning Manager said, "We are delighted to be recognised for the work we do to enhance character and improve employability and life chances of the pupils at Great Torrington School.  We believe 'character education' is about broadening horizons, developing resilience and preparing our young people to become responsible citizens of the future."

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