Denbigh High School has won the Secondary School of the Year' award in the Times Educational Supplement's Schools Awards 2009.
Our partner school Challney High School for Boys and Community College has also won the top award within the Outstanding Staff Training/Development Initiative' category.
Denbigh High School was one of six schools shortlisted for the Secondary School of the Year' award but won due to its sustained improvement over many years, achievement of integrating pupils from a variety of backgrounds, and opportunities for young people to take on leadership roles.
The judges said: What was particularly impressive was the use of sport and physical activity to raise achievement and the curriculum to develop leadership capacity. There was outstanding work in academic mentoring and promoting students' development.
Gerard Kelly, Editor, Times Educational Supplement, commented: Denbigh should be proud of a remarkable achievement. To take the top spot in such a tough field is truly outstanding.
Challney was also one of six schools to be shortlisted for their award but won due to their outstanding work in improving the quality of teaching and learning.
The judges said of their winning entry: They have a tremendous commitment to working with teachers outside their school, and praised an impressive range of outstanding practices.
Gerard Kelly, Editor, Times Educational Supplement, commented: Challney has succeeded not only because of its impressive training portfolio, or its commitment to continual professional development but because it has put child learning and achievement at the heart of its staff programme.
The Executive Principle for Denbigh High School and Challney High School for Boys, Dame Yasmin Bevan commented: We are thrilled to have won these awards which recognise the hard work, commitment and creativity of our staff and students.
The winners were announced Oscar style' at an awards ceremony, which took place over lunch on Thursday 9th June at the Park Lane Hilton in London with Rory Bremner presenting.