Local independent preparatory makes the grade

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Rose Hill School, one of the oldest prep schools in the country, has been told it is in the running for the Tes Schools Awards Prep School of the Year.

The co-educational school – set in over 15 acres of grounds on the edge of Tunbridge Wells – which welcomes pupils aged 3-13 announced the news last week to parents and staff.

The school is only one of eight selected in this particular category of the Tes Awards for 2022.

Rose Hill Head Emma Neville, said: “To be nominated for such an award is an absolute honour but it is also a huge privilege to have the hard work and dedication of our staff acknowledged.

 “I am also delighted for our pupils who continue to thrive every day in our wonderful school”.

The Tes Schools Awards recognise outstanding individuals and institutions within the education sector.

The panel of expert awards judges include school leaders, inspectors and education researchers.

The objectivity, professionalism and high standards of the Tes Schools Awards judges and the judging process has helped establish them as a well-respected achievement for any school chosen as a finalist or winner.

The overall winners of each Tes category for 2022 will be announced on Friday 17 June.

History in the making

In ten years, Rose Hill will celebrate its 200th anniversary, making it one of the oldest schools in England. To mark the occasion it will host its first Founder’s Day on May 21 from 10.30am to 3pm. The event will combine a traditional summer fair, lots of family fun and displays from the school’s rich history as well as art, drama and musical performances from current pupils.  Head Emma Neville said “I feel very privileged to be the Head of this wonderful school. Rose Hill School has built a reputation as one of the leading prep schools in the south-east thanks to a combination of inspiring teaching, excellent academic results and a firm commitment to protect the joy of childhood. I look forward to steering the school through this exciting period of its history.”

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