TES Outstanding Community Initiative Award, 2016-17

Judges' Comment - "An extraordinary project of impressive scope"

Hill House 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, the Robin Hood Festival involved

* More than 500 performers in over 70 classes.
* Pupils from 38 schools, performing arts groups, choirs and orchestras.
* An outstanding performers' concert with an audience of 700.
* A day of music making for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
* Additional recital evenings for winners and local schools.
* Awarding two annual scholarships for pupils 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.

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.

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