Success for schools

James Bawa, chief executive of Teachers Building Society''Carol Clare, Executive Headteacher''David Tebbutt, SBM''Rory Bremner''Times Educational Supplement awards
James Bawa, chief executive of Teachers Building Society''Carol Clare, Executive Headteacher''David Tebbutt, SBM''Rory Bremner''Times Educational Supplement awards

THE thrifty approach of two local schools to their finances has been recognised in a prestigious national awards scheme.

Park School and Gosberton School, which together make up the Phoenix Federation, were awarded the accolade for Outstanding Business Management and Financial Team at the Times Educational Supplement (TES) Schools Awards held in London.

The team, headed by school business manager David Tebbutt, were praised for their ‘unshakeable committment to ensuring that every pound is spent wisely’, as well as their hard working attitude and work in helping to run clubs, support school trips and deliver classroom support.

A statement by the judges said: “It was impressive to see a team that had not only shown financial nous when faced with a complex set of challenges, but had really pitched in as part of the school community and had a wider impact.”

They highlighted the kindergarten project at Park School as an example of the team’s good practice. The new facility was set up within the Robin Hood’s Walk school about four months ago. It is already full and is set to double in size, the school said.

Mr Tebbutt said: “I am absolutely delighted that my team has helped the school achieve so much in the last year.”

The team’s work has also been praised by executive headteacher Carol Clare, who described the decision to install the team as innovative.

She said: “David and his team are worth their weight in gold.”