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Edge Grove boarding school nominated for 'Happiest School Award 2016'

Edge Grove boarding school in Hertfordshire, a successful day and boarding school for boys and girls, caters for the needs of all learners aged 3-13yrs, and is characterised by a genuine commitment to the pursuit of excellence.

Rebecca Chaplin, Teacher & KS1 Coordinator at Edge Grove, who has nominated her school in the 'Happiest School' category, said of Edge Grove, as part of their nomination:

 'Our aim is to ensure that every child can achieve their full potential within a safe, secure and happy learning environment. Teaching staff deliver a creative and engaging curriculum, taking full advantage of our beautiful surroundings, including outdoor learning, Forest school and links with the local community and partnerships with local state schools. Edge Grove was originally a private residence and the feel of a family home still resides in life there today. 

'Our Friends of EG plan events throughout the year which are fully supported by residential and day staff: comedy & quiz nights, fetes, fairs and biannual ball. The staff participate in a choir which performs at events throughout the year, including staff Rush Hour concerts which showcase to the children a wealth of extra-curricular talent and good sense of humour. The school house system brings staff together to support the children in inter-house events. This can be sporting, musical or creative; working to earn house points to win the house cup at the end of the academic year. We are looking forward to reviving the annual staff pantomime this year at the Boarders Christmas party.

'Health and fitness are vital and staff participate in weekly fitness and yoga groups. Staff well-being and professional development is paramount and this is catered for via weekly INSET and a local counsellor, which the school subsidises. Our most recent training demonstrated the value of Mindfulness and benefits of working with a Growth Mindset, something which we have now adopted in all of our teaching. 

'For teachers to deliver their very best they need to feel valued and respected; the rationale and high standards applied to teaching children are also applicable to staff and this is what Edge Grove recognises. Our Behaviours for Learning are also behaviours for teaching; be involved, be a good listener, be creative, be prepared and be a risk-taker. In our recent training we learnt some pearls of wisdom “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift, that is why we call it the present”. Loving what you do is the secret to happiness and at Edge Grove you will find plenty of examples of this, making the most of every day.'

Follow Edge Grove - @EdgeGrove @PPEdgeGrove.

Tell us why your school is a happy school by nominating it for a 'Happiest School Award 2016' or Happiest Teacher Award 2016.

Nominations close on the 17th October 2016.

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