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Award for networking campaign
Godolphin School, Wiltshire, has recently received recognition from the Institute of Development Professionals in Education (IDPE) for an innovative new campaign, GO Forward, which launched in 2015.
The GO Forward programme provides valuable help and
support for students as they leave Godolphin and embark on the next stage of their lives. By capitalising on a network of former students, past and current parents, teachers and governors, the programme supports current students in four important areas. The ‘GO Uni’ network provides practical help with university selection and student living. ‘GO Gap’ offers advice on planning, placements abroad and voluntary work from experienced travellers. ‘GO Work’ helps with job applications as well as work experience and placements and ‘GO Connect’ promotes
the school’s online network of supporters willing to share their knowledge and expertise.
The judges of the awards were particularly impressed by the way the programme brought a large network together with a common purpose to make a tangible difference to the educational experience of girls. Described as ‘a great brand initiative’ they also said this was ‘a good campaign that not only bene tted current pupils but involved alumnae too’.
Speaking afterwards, Sarah Sowton, Head of Marketing & Alumnae at Godolphin said,
”We are thrilled to have won Engagement Campaign of the Year at the IDPE Awards Ceremony.
The programme would never have succeeded if it wasn’t for our fantastic Alumnae network and other individuals within our school community who continue to be
so generous with their advice and support. We are really grateful
to everyone who has helped to put the programme together and we look forward to developing it further in the future.”
Major award for ‘Changing Lives’
Pictured: Godolphin’s Director of External Relations Moyra Rowney receives the award
Reigate Grammar School, Surrey, Changing Lives campaign to give more children the opportunity to share in
the exceptional education
the school offers has been recognised in a major national award.
The IDPE (Institute of Development Professionals
in Education) award for Fundraising Campaign of the Year was presented to Reigate Grammar School Foundation
New pool
Exeter School, Devon, is celebrating the opening of its new indoor pool by Chairman of Governors and former pupil Andrew King.
A generous donation from an anonymous benefactor enabled Exeter School to build the  rst- class, 25-metre four-lane pool for the bene t of Exeter School pupils and local schoolchildren. The Governors agreed to match fund the donation in order to integrate the pool fully with the existing sports facilities.
Director of Sport Andy Mason said the inauguration of the new
Director Sean Davey and colleagues by distinguished BBC broadcaster Michael Buerk.
The initial goal of raising £1 million by 2016 for the 1675 Bursary Fund was achieved a year early. Some £4 million has already been raised and there are now 29 Scholars at RGS. The aim now is to build the fund
to support at least 50 ‘1675 Scholars’ at the school by 2025 to mark its 350th anniversary.
pool marked the completion of an extensive Sports department build that includes a new  tness suite and free weights room, new indoor ri e range and studio area as well as new changing rooms.
Headmaster Bob Grif n said he was particularly pleased to be
able to welcome the children from  ve local primaries to swim all year round in the pool. “We are delighted to work in partnership with Exeter primary schools and provide swimming lessons, which will be taught and lifeguarded by Exeter School staff, as well as the transport to and from the pool, all free of charge.”
Outstanding teacher of German
The German Ambassador to the UK, Dr Peter Ammon, welcomed John le Carré to his Residence
for the annual ‘Sommerfest der deutschen Sprache’, where Head
of German at Oundle School, Northamptonshire, Emily Wagstaffe received one of three awards presented to outstanding teachers of German in the UK at the 14th German Teacher Awards.
The annual German Teacher Award and the ‘Sommerfest’ pay tribute to the work of German teachers across the UK and give guests
the opportunity to network. Over 220 teachers and representatives
from the education and language teaching sectors, business and media from all over the UK
joined this year’s celebrations and followed the announcement of the 2017 winners.
Addressing the teachers in his welcome speech, Ambassador Ammon said that ‘never before has your mission to teach languages as a gateway to another culture encouraging friendship, trust and understanding across borders
been more important than today.’ He welcomed renowned writer John le Carré as the keynote speaker for the event, who proved
himself a staunch supporter of language learning as the key to understanding other cultures.
Keynote speaker David Cornwell, better known by his pen-name John le Carré, thrilled the audience with a speech as exciting as his bestselling novels taking the audience on a journey through his relationship with Germany and the German language starting with his  rst – and exceptionally dedicated – German teacher who made
him ‘fall in love with the German language at  rst sound.’
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