Transforming the life chances of local children.

This award is for a secondary school that can demonstrate its power and effectiveness not only in transforming the life chances of local children but also in enriching the local community. It is likely to be a school that has many challenges but has tackled them creatively and constructively. It is seen as a model of good practice professionally and its improvement trajectory is strong. Locally, the school is seen as a huge asset to the community and is well respected by parents and key partners.

We’d love to read about what makes your school stand out and is making a real difference to the lives of children and their families in your community.

Who can enter?

This category is open to all secondary schools or middle schools teaching children aged 11-18.

Points to cover:

The following prompts might help to focus your thinking as you prepare your entry:

  • A school for all: The extent to which your school is inclusive with students achieving well against the odds, showing confidence and optimism about opportunities and life after school and wanting to make a contribution to their community as good citizens.
  • Brighter futures: Ways in which the school has overcome local challenges to create a school where pupils, parents and community feel pride and ownership- they can point to examples of successful change but are also clear about vision and direction.
  • Beyond the classroom: Examples of positive working between school and community that not only support students but also encourage successful community engagement, cohesion and development.
  • Inspiring and engaging others: Ways in which the school collaborates with others, including engaging parents and other key partners, in the life and learning of the school so that students broaden their opportunities, become better motivated and more confident about the world of work.

The Award for Making a Difference - Secondary School of the Year - Entry form

1 The Nominee
2 The School
3 Your Details
4 Additional Information
  • About Your Nominee:

  • Please refer to the 'Points to cover' guide for what to include and tell us in up to 1000 words why you think your colleague deserves to win this award...
    You will be able to add additional information at the end if you wish to.