GSA Schools Scoop Top Accolades at Tatler Schools Awards

GSA schools have scooped top place in two awards, and runner-up in a third, at this year’s Tatler Schools Awards.

Public School of the Year Award – winner

Sherborne Girls’ School

Sherborne Girls’ School Headmistress Jenny Dwyer collected the award along with Heads of School, Harriet and Grace, and Vice Heads, Amelia and Flora.

Over the past ten years, Jenny has led a strategy at Sherborne Girls focused on growth and development. The school has invested boldly in its facilities including a new Sixth Form Centre, refurbished boarding houses, a new science centre, swimming pool and Astro pitch. Bucking the trend, Sherborne Girls has also grown its student roll year on year and is proud to have its largest cohort ever of over 485 girls. It has also recently begun building a new performing Arts Centre which is due to be completed in early 2019.

Commenting on the award, Jenny Dwyer said: “It is such a privilege to accept this award on behalf of all the girls and staff at Sherborne Girls. Every member of the school has contributed and I could not be more proud of our Sherborne Girls community. We have recently launched our new five-year plan which is focused on ambition and community, and ensuring our educational philosophy is embedded throughout the school. This award gives us such confidence, as well as a really strong platform, on which to build and move forward.”

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Best School Food Award – winner

St Helen & St Katharine School

St Helen & St Katharine’s Executive Chef, Olivier Hubert, accept the award for Best School Food.

Olivier has recently spent a six month sabbatical in the Antarctic, catering for the British Antarctic Survey and has even planted the St Helen & St Katharine school flag at the South Pole.

He said: “Like the Antarctic adventure, this award has come out of the blue. It was an adjustment coming back after the expedition but St Helen’s is a fantastic school where everybody is given a real chance to thrive. This is the cherry on the cake. It’s fantastic!”

Headmistress, Rebecca Dougall, was equally thrilled by the award. She said:
School food is an opportunity to shape the health, performance and wellbeing of students. As a school, we take our responsibility of promoting healthy choices very seriously. Chef Olivier is known for his delicious food which makes eating well a daily joy. We are delighted that the hard work of our catering team has been recognised by Tatler.

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Best Public School Head Award – runners-up

Natasha Dangerfield, Westonbirt School
Jane Lunnon, Wimbledon High School GDST


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