School of the Year

Honouring a primary, high school or further education setting that stands out from the rest. Not only did we want to hear about academic achievement and competition success, we also wanted to see entries that demonstrate how pupils and students have developed in ways that go beyond the league tables, whether it is improving attendance levels, developing healthy living or mental health and wellbeing policies, or building better relationships with parents and the wider community.

Winner: Grange Community Nursery and Primary School

WE were inundated with nominations for our school of the year!

It’s “exceptional”, “fantastic” and “amazing” and “been on a fantastic journey over the past few years”.

Grange Community Nursery and Primary School is our School of the Year 2024.

One nomination: “The school has been on the most incredible journey since 2017 and have completely turned things around.

“They have the most amazing team of staff who all go above and beyond for the families in their community.

“They have the highest expectations for every child who attends and attainment for children in year six reflects this.”

Families believe that everyone at the school puts the children at the heart of everything and they all deserve recognition for what they’ve achieved.

Parents believe the school is outstanding in all aspects and highlighted the staff’s guidance and determination.



The inspirational winners of our Guardian Education Awards 2024


Another nomination said: “Grange has been on a fantastic journey over the past few years.

“When my son started at the school, it was in a transition of change and to see how far they have come is amazing.

“Huge credit goes to every member of the team.

“This school is exceptional.”

School of the Year 2024 - Grange Community Nursery and Primary School

School of the Year 2024 - Grange Community Nursery and Primary School

One member of staff sent in a nomination for the school.


They said: “Grange is a wonderful place to work.

“There is a special balance of support, love and care given to pupils, families and staff and belief and insistence in every child can achieve their very best.

“We are all so incredibly proud of the school and our brilliant recent Ofsted report.

“Our school is simply amazing!”

Headteacher Sara Albiston said: “We are delighted to have won School of the Year!

“At Grange Community Nursery and Primary School, we are passionate about inspiring our children to believe in themselves to achieve their very best.

“Team Grange is a special place to be - we truly care for one another and want the very best for every individual.

“This award is such a wonderful achievement and we are so very proud.

“A huge thank you to our fantastic children, our dedicated staff and our supportive parents.”