Gold stan­dard schools

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

TWO Hilling­don schools have won Gold Club sta­tus for ex­cep­tional ed­u­ca­tional achieve­ments.

North­wood School and Swake­leys School for Girls were cel­e­brated in a scheme set up by the Mayor of Lon­don, Boris John­son, to recog­nise ex­cep­tional schools in the cap­i­tal.

The Gold Club is part of the mayor’s drive to boost stan­dards for all school­child­ren re­gard­less of back­ground.

North­wood School was awarded Gold Club sta­tus be­cause of ex­cel­lent aca­demic achieve­ment at Key Stage Four, which has placed the school in top 5% of schools na­tion­ally.

Head­teacher Mark An­der­son said: “The award is a re­flec­tion of the out­stand­ing teach­ing that chil­dren re­ceive at North­wood, but also the school’s belief that ev­ery child can achieve be­yond their ex­pec­ta­tions.”

Swake­leys School for Girls was recog­nised be­cause it is “at the lead­ing edge of chal­leng­ing low as­pi­ra­tion and un­der achieve­ment”.

Head­teacher Sue Pryor said: “This re­flects our un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to high as­pi­ra­tions and am­bi­tion for all.”

A to­tal of 113 schools across Lon­don have been awarded Gold Club sta­tus in 2015. A FOR­MER mu­sic teacher from West Dray­ton is hold­ing a con­cert in mem­ory of his brother who died ear­lier this year.

Vin­cent Raven, 66, is rais­ing money for The Royal Free Hos­pi­tal, Hamp­stead, which cared for his younger brother Brian from Willes­den Green, who died in Fe­bru­ary aged 57 from a liver dis­ease.

He will per­form Whole Joys at St Martin’s Church in West Dray­ton on Sun­day (Oc­to­ber 11) at 3pm. Ad­mis­sion is free but peo­ple will be en­cour­aged to make a do­na­tion to the hos­pi­tal.

The per­for­mance in­cludes words by El­iz­a­beth Bar­ret Browning, Wil­liam Shake­speare, Thomas Hardy and Ed­ward Thomas, and mu­sic by Bach.

Mr Raven, whose daugh­ter Han­nah is a for­mer Uxbridge Gazette re­porter, said: “I like the idea that I am able to share the joy of mu­sic and beau­ti­ful words as a way of remembering my dear brother, and sup­port­ing the won­der­ful doc­tors and nurses who cared for him in his fi­nal days.”

The pro­gramme is the sec­ond that Vin­cent has per­formed at the church since re­tir­ing from his role as head of Hilling­don Mu­sic Ser­vice (HMS). He played vi­o­lin for the Na­tional Theatre while still at school.

He was re­cently pre­sented with the Michael Crax­ton Award for Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion to the Arts by the Mayor of Hilling­don.

To do­nate, visit www. just­giv­­anRaven-words-and-mu­sic

n AWARD: Mark An­der­son, with Sir John Dun­ford. Be­low, Sue Pryor, head­teacher of Swake­leys School for Girls

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