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Bristol school in the running for TES award

Hard work at Knowle DGE Academy has been recognised by its shortlisting for Alternative Provision School of the Year

Posted by Julian Owen | June 14, 2018 | School life

Bristol's Knowle DGE Academy is in contention for a prestigious national award for providing education and opportunities to some of the city's most complex children. 

Judges at the Times Education Supplement (TES) have shortlisted the 156-place academy for the Alternative Provision School of the Year award. 

The Academy specialises in educating children aged 5 to 18 with social, emotional and mental health needs, or speech, language and communication needs.    

Recent innovations at the institution include a Nurture Group for up to six pupils, providing emotional support and opportunities to build positive relationships and increase confidence. Knowle DGE is also a communication-friendly school, and has worked to pilot new approaches to improve language and communication skills. 


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 in overcoming any barriers to learning, developing self-respect and taking 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, hosted by Al Murray, at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on Friday 22 June. 

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


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