GHYLL Royd School and Pre-School pupils are celebrating as their school has been shortlisted as one of the best Prep Schools in the country.

The Independent School of the Year Awards was set up this year by Independent School Parent magazine and aims to showcase school success stories and celebrate the student services they provide. Ghyll Royd School is one of five shortlisted schools, and the only school in Yorkshire to be nominated for the Prep School award.

The criteria for the award include exceptional specialist teaching, individual student stories and the impact teachers have on the wider student experience. Ghyll Royd School has been shortlisted for its success in local sport, its dedication to the creative arts and outdoor curriculum and the whole school’s commitment to providing a happy and warm place to learn.

The School has had a brilliant start to the school year. On the back of their successful 100 per cent pass rate in the May SATs exams, former pupils have settled well in to their secondary schools of choice.

The award celebrates student success which reflects on pupil and parent satisfaction. In a recent parent survey, 100 per cent of responses said Ghyll Royd School meets their child’s pastoral and welfare needs effectively and the school does it all it can to ensure their child learns in a healthy and safe environment.

Headteacher Mr David Martin is delighted with the news. Since his appointment to Headteacher in 2014, he has been working hard at developing the school’s art and outdoor curriculum. He said: “To be nominated for an award is one thing but to be the only school in Yorkshire shortlisted is an incredible achievement. This nomination is well deserved as our teachers go above and beyond the call of duty to provide children with an education that is both fun and challenging. Children enjoy coming to school and the many opportunities available to them here, whether its Muddy Maths, Digital Art, Choir, Drama, Physical Education or Modern Foreign Languages.”

Winners of the Independent School of the Year Awards will be announced in December.