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~ Academy is shortlisted for Headteacher of the Year and Secondary School of the Year at the 2021 Tes Schools Awards ~

Students and staff at Salford City Academy are celebrating after being shortlisted for two prestigious awards at this year’s Tes Schools Awards. 

The annual Tes Schools Awards celebrates the most exceptional individuals and institutions that the education sector has to offer. With an award to be won in each of the 18 categories, organisers receive thousands of entries each year from primary and secondary schools across the country. The distinguished panel of judges then have the difficult task of deciding a shortlist of eight in each category and ultimately selecting the standout winners. 

In being shortlisted for Headteacher of the Year and Secondary School of the Year, Salford City Academy has showcased the strength of its senior leadership and proven that it has maintained continued excellence inside and outside of the classroom.   

In her nomination, Principal Melanie Haselden was praised for her strong leadership skills and her ‘belief that every child matters and deserves the very best, every lesson, every day’. She was commended for her ‘unwavering commitment and dedication to the school, staff, parents and community’ over the past year and for going ‘above and beyond’ to ensure that students had everything they needed to continue making strong progress in their learning.

Likewise, to be in the running for Secondary School of the Year, the academy successfully demonstrated innovation and imagination in developing students beyond the academic curriculum – what it calls delivering an Education with Character. Through its student personal development programme, Aspire, the academy ensures every student has the resources and support they need to achieve their goals and develop into well-rounded, socially responsible young people.

Following the success of last year’s virtual awards ceremony, this year’s event is also set to be conducted virtually. Winners will be announced during a special online celebration on Friday 25th June 2021.  

Tes editor Jon Severs said: 

“It is more important this year than ever before to celebrate the fantastic work schools do, because in the past 12 months they have gone above and beyond to ensure pupils were able to be educated and be kept safe in extraordinary circumstances. We were inundated with entries that demonstrated just how hard the pandemic made the work of schools, and just how amazing the response from staff has been. We are looking forward to showcasing, as we do every year, just how vital our education professionals are to every facet of this country."

Melanie Haselden, Principal at Salford City Academy, said:

“I am incredibly proud that we have been shortlisted for two awards and honoured that one of these recognises my work as Principal. It is thanks to the fantastic team of staff we have here at Salford City Academy that we have continued to deliver an enriching and exciting education to our young people, despite the challenges of the last year. We are very much looking forward to next month’s virtual ceremony, where we will join together with our colleagues across the country to celebrate everyone’s hard work and success.” 

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