Awards for Achievement and Innovation
At the Independent Schools Association (ISA) Annual Awards, Claires Court were announced as winners of two categories, Outstanding Achievement in Sport and IT Innovation. The presentation of trophies was made to the Academic Principal and Senior Management team at the ISA Annual Conference in Grantham on Friday 11 November.
The Outstanding Achievement in Sport Award recognised the Claires Court Boat Club’s excellent season of wins, which culminated in the J18 Quadruple Sculls’ historical victory at the Henley Royal Regatta securing them the triple crown. In an unbeaten season, members of the crew also represented England and Great Britain, with the School’s head and assistant coaches being selected to coach in the international arena.
The Award for IT Innovation celebrates Claires Court’s achievements in the field of IT, where the School was required to demonstrate its new thinking and practices and their impact on pupil learning. As a forerunner and exemplar school for Google Apps for Education the school has two Google Certified Innovators and regularly welcomes delegations from other schools to see how Claires Court uses a cloud-based learning environment. For pupils from the age of 3 up to 18, tablets, screens, robots, programming and digital literacy are used to provide novel insights on how to learn and work collaboratively.
James Wilding, Academic Principal said, “To have secured two prestigious awards out of the 14 categories is remarkable, they are recognition and endorsement of the long term commitment to these major areas of our School’s provision. Our excellence in IT reflects our engagement with world class products and world class peer groups. The school’s relentless and ruthless enthusiasm to be at the forefront of technology has empowered our children to lead the way for their generation.
“We are just as delighted with our sporting award which is a celebration of something Claires Court has never achieved before. It is validation of the commitment our coaches have put into the progressive training and fitness programme developed for our athletes.”