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Knowle West School up for award

A Knowle West school is up for a prestigious national award this month for providing exceptional education and opportunities for some of Bristol’s most complex children.

Judges at the Times Education Supplement (TES) awards shortlisted Knowle DGE as Alternative Provision school of the year in recognition of its place among the most outstanding institutions across the country.

The 156-place academy specialises in educating children aged five to 18 with either social, emotional and mental health needs or speech, language and communication needs.

Recent innovations at Knowle DGE  includes a Nurture Group for up to six pupils to provide emotional support as well as opportunities to build positive relationships and increase confidence.

Academy Head Teacher Darren Ewings commented: “I am so proud of the Knowle DGE team for all they have done over the last few years to build such an inclusive school with many layers of expertise.

“We firmly believe in each and every individual we work with and support them to overcome any barriers to learning, develop self-respect and take pride in their achievements.”

TES editor Ann Mroz said: “It is wonderful to see such innovative ideas and best-practice emerging from our schools and teachers, despite the current squeeze on funding. We had a record year for entries and the standard was the best so far – all those shortlisted should be very proud: it’s an extraordinary achievement.”

The winners will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 22 June 2018.

To see the full list of who’s in the running visit