Haxby Road Primary Academy in York has scooped the title Primary School of the Year. Assistant headteacher Josh Hind has been declared Hero of the Year.
The school had already beaten 2,000 other nominations from the Yorkshire region to get to the prestigious final, held in Manchester on 17 November.
“This is an incredible honour and acknowledges what a great school Haxby Road is,” said Laura Robinson, headteacher.
“The awards are a reflection of the hard work, dedication and commitment of our incredible staff team. I want to recognise the part that every person has played in supporting Haxby Road to win such treasured awards that acknowledge the hard work that goes into each and every day.
“I’m also grateful to Vital York Ltd and Dinky Groves Day Nursery for agreeing to sponsor places at the awards ceremony, so we could attend at no cost to the school.”
The nomination came from the grateful parent of an autistic child who moved to York from London. After an unhappy experience at another York primary school, they had a tour of Haxby Road and, according to the parent who prefers to remain anonymous: “What happened next has made such a dramatic difference in our daughter’s life but also the lives of us as her parents!”
Assistant headteacher Josh Hind, who collected Hero of the Year award, said: “It is always a pleasure to be acknowledged for any award but this truly is a reflection of a whole school approach and something for everyone to cherish. From the children to every member of staff, we are all the true heroes of Haxby Road!”