A Dorchester first school has been shortlisted for a prestigious education award. 

The Prince of Wales School in Dorchester has been shortlisted for the TES Awards 2024 in the category of 'Best Use of Technology'.

The TES Schools Awards, which have been dubbed the ‘Oscars of education’, is a prestigious awards programme which celebrates the best of education across the UK.

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Speaking about the news, headteacher Gary Spracklen, said: “We are delighted that our unwavering commitment to leveraging technology to enhance teaching and learning has been recognised by the prestigious TES Awards.

"Our vision for education centres on leveraging technology to create inclusive, dynamic, collaborative learning experiences. We always know that children learn best when they are inspired to learn.”

Dorset Echo: Pupils are able to take take advantage of technology to help them learnPupils are able to take take advantage of technology to help them learn (Image: Prince of Wales School)

The awards recognise the very best teachers and schools from UK state and independent schools, across early years settings, primary and secondary.

The shortlist was compiled by a panel of expert judges, including school leaders and experts.

The schools and teachers they chose showcase the best of education across the sector within 21 award categories, covering all areas of school education.

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Jon Severs, Editor of TES Magazine said, "Congratulations to all the shortlisted entries - the standard was so high this year despite the challenges schools face. It is critical we celebrate excellence and share it widely so we can ensure that the fantastic work happening in education is properly recognised."

South West schools and teachers shortlisted represent 10 of the 21 award categories, with two more schools also representing Dorset. 

Port Regis, in Shaftesbury is nominated for 'Boarding School of the Year', whilst  the St Edward's School, in Poole, is nominated for 'Staff Wellbeing School of the Year'.

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TES Awards winners will be announced on Friday, June 21, at a glittering gala awards night at the Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane, in London.

This year also marked the first time TES operated this awards programme internationally with the TES Awards for International Schools.

More information on the international version of these awards can be found here: https://www.tes.com/schools-awards