Hill House School has won the ‘Outstanding Community Initiative Award' at the prestigious 2016 TES Independent School Awards. The award was presented to Mrs Vicky Bodman at a gala dinner at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane.
The national award relates to the work of the annual Robin Hood Music and Drama Festival, which was created as a community initiative in 2011 to provide opportunities for young people in Doncaster to play, sing, act and compete in an inclusive and supportive setting for performing arts. It is now a hugely successful six-day festival, the largest of its type in the region, managed and promoted by the school’s music department, working with local community groups and schools.
Last year, it involved more than 500 performers in over 70 classes, with pupils from 38 schools, performing arts groups, choirs and orchestras. An outstanding performers’ concert now attracts an audience of 700. In 2014, a day of music making for children with SEND was introduced and in 2015 the festival was able to fund two annual scholarships for pupils in challenging financial circumstances to join a local professional award-winning choir.
Shortlisted schools attended a black-tie event in at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, hosted by comedian Simon Evans, where over 400 attendees celebrated all that is outstanding in independent schools across the UK.
This award is the third national award which Hill House has received in five years, having previously won the Outstanding Strategic Initiative Award and the overall School of the Year Award in 2012-13. Headmaster David Holland said ‘we are delighted that the Robin Hood Festival has been recognised at a national level, and that the hard work of many staff, especially Mrs Bodman, has been honoured in this way.'