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The Renaissance Awards 2017

The Renaissance Awards were back again for the second year, it took place on the 20th October at The Deck in the National Theatre in London. It is a special event to celebrate top performing primary and secondary schools across the UK – Including the Republic of Ireland this year! Joining the awards this year are two new categories – Most Creative Celebration of Reading and Project Manager/Team of the Year. In dedication to the late co-founder, there is also a Terry Paul award, which is given to someone who is driven and passionate about accelerating learning and inspires fellow educators with their enthusiasm.
Renaissance Learning prides themselves on empowering teachers to further children’s growth and success in schools. Established in the UK since 1999, their assessment, learning and teaching programs are present in almost 5000 schools across the country. It was founded by Judi and Terry Paul in 1986, with the intention of supporting their son who was a struggling reader by making a programme known as Renaissance Accelerated Reader today. 
Below is a list of the schools that have been shortlisted for each category.
Top Performing Primary and Secondary Schools in Northern Ireland
Primary Schools Shortlist
  • Moat Primary School, County Fermanagh
  • St. Patrick’s Primary School, County Tyrone
  • St. Mary’s Primary School, Cloughcor, County Tyrone
Secondary Schools Shortlist
  • Bangor Grammar School, County Down
  • Cedar Lodge School, Belfast
  • St. Columba’s College, County Down
Top Performing Primary and Secondary Schools in the Republic of Ireland
Primary Schools Shortlist
  • Feakle National School, County Clare
  • Liscannor National School, County Clare
  • St. Joseph’s National School, County Cork
Secondary Schools Shortlist
  • Dyffryn School Upper, Port Talbot
  • Milford Haven School, Pembrokeshire
  • Tasker Milward VC School, Pembrokeshire
Top Performing Primary and Secondary Schools in Wales
Primary Schools Shortlist
  • Glanhowy Primary School, Gwent
  • Haberdashers’ Monmouth School (Inglefield House) for Girls, Gwent
  • St. Illtyds RC Primary School, Swansea
Secondary School Shortlist
  • CBS James’ Street, Dublin
  • Cross & Passion College, County Kildare
  • Selskar College, County Wexford
Top Performing Primary and Secondary Schools in Scotland
Primary Schools Shortlist
  • Keig Primary School, Aberdeenshire
  • Muirtown Primary School, Inverness
  • New Deer Primary School, Aberdeenshire
Secondary Schools Shortlist
  • Knox Academy, East Lothian
  • Preston Lodge High School, East Lothian
  • The Community School of Auchterarder, Perthshire
Top Performing Primary and Secondary Schools in England
Primary Schools Shortlist 
  • Redriff Primary School, London
  • Minster in Sheppey Primary School, Kent
  • Miterne Community Junior School, Kent
Secondary Schools Shortlist
  • Hazlegrove Preparatory School, Somerset
  • Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Lancashire
  • Marling School, Gloucestershire
Project Manager or Team of the YearPrimary Project Manager/Team of the Year
  • Sarah White – Allendale Primary School, Northumberland
  • Peter Bennett – Dubmire Primary Academy, Tyne and Wear
  • Heidi Bailieu – Whitehill Primary School, Kent
Secondary Project Manager/Team of the Year
  • Katrina Piggott – Kettering Buccleuch Academy, Northamptonshire
  • The Telford Team – Telford Park School, Shropshire
  • Amanda Phelan, Helen Langley and English Department – Worthing High School, West Sussex
Most Creative Reading Celebration
Primary Most Creative Reading Celebration
  • Florence Melly Community Primary School, Liverpool
  • Kirton Primary School, Lincolnshire
  • Seaview Primary School and Nursery, Belfast
Secondary Most Creative Reading Celebration
  • Fearnhill School, Hertfordshire
  • Mountain Ash Secondary School, Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • The Telford Team – Telford Park School
After an exciting day at the National Theatre in London, the results were announced. In total ten schools received a winner’s status. Find the winning schools below with the country they were representing. 
England: 
  • Redriff Primary school in London
  • Lancaster Royal Grammar school in Lancaster
Scotland: 
  • Keig Primary School in Aberdeenshire
  • Community School of Auchterader in Perthshire
Northern Ireland:
  • St Patricks Primary School in County Tyrone
  • Bangor Grammar School in County Down 
Wales: 
  • Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls in Gwent
  • Milford Haven School in Pembrokeshire
Republic of Ireland: 
  • Feakle National School in County Clare
  • CBS James’ Street School in Dublin 
It was a fantastic day and a massive Well Done is in order for every school that entered the Renaissance Awards. 
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