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TOP MARKS: Northwood girls school nominated for world’s best school prize

 Published on: 8th July 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Northwood school has become the only one in the UK to be shortlisted for an inaugural prize looking for the World’s Best School for Innovation.

St Helen’s School, an independent private school for girls aged 3-18, is one of 10 schools worldwide to be nominated for the prize, organised by global teaching organisation T4 Education.

The school is set to compete against others from as far as Zimbabwe, Brazil, Japan and the UAE for the award, with the winner set to be announced during World Education Week in October, following a public vote and judging from a panel of experts.

There, all 10 of the shortlisted nominees will also have an hour-long live event to showcase what makes their school so special, livestreamed around the world.

While St Helen’s is the only UK school up in the innovation category, three other schools from the country are up for other prizes in the same ceremony, which also includes awards for environmental action, community collaboration, overcoming adversity and supporting healthy lives.

St Helen’s were recognised for their new ‘Nudge for Learning’ programme, which takes inspirations from models run by Oxbridge universities. Under the initiative, mentoring supervisions, coaching, academic challenges and other processes contribute to making students more academically curious, taking focus away from simply learning for exams.

Alice Lucas, Head of St Helen’s School, said: “If St Helen’s were to win the World’s Best School Prize for Innovation, we would use the prize money to help other schools curate their own Nudge programme to roll out with their pupils and reap the same rewards that our students have experienced. 

“As teachers and school leaders we are in the privileged position of shaping the next generation. Our ultimate aim is to create a generation of intellectually engaged and independent young people with a lifelong love of learning.”

Picture credit St Helen’s School

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