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Double triumph for Hatherop Castle at the ISA Awards

The champagne corks were popping at the ISA Awards this week, as Hatherop Castle won two awards: the Excellence in the Arts and the Junior/Prep school award for Excellence and Innovation in Provision. The awards are a recognition of the huge effort and commitment of the school's staff.

Hatherop Castle has long enjoyed a reputation for academic excellence, but since joining the Wishford Schools group in 2014, it has benefited from an enormous injection of investment and expert support. Headmaster Paul Easterbrook has capitalised on the benefits of membership of the group, embarking on a huge programme of development and improvement, extending educational resources and opportunities to children, and the scope of the school as a whole.

Hatherop Castle’s commitment to the performing and visual arts is already well recognized – it received a Gold ArtsMark from the Arts Council in 2005 – and parents have come to expect an extremely high standard, from the Speech and Drama students, who regularly picks up awards at the Cheltenham Festival, to the outstanding drama productions and Senior Chapel Choir, to the excellent Art department, housed in the Castle’s beautiful Orangery. The foundations for a brand new Performing Arts Centre have recently been laid, and staff, children and parents are looking forward to the opportunities this will afford.

Paul Easterbrook commented: We are utterly delighted that Hatherop Castle has been recognised in this way. A huge amount of work, dedication and enthusiasm goes into our school. Hatherop Castle is a community, and from the administrative and support staff, to the teaching staff, to the parent body and the wonderful children in our care, our absolute commitment is to providing a happy and supportive environment in which children achieve amazing things.

Sam Antrobus, Executive Chairman of Wishford Schools, added: I am extremely proud of Hatherop Castle’s achievement. As well as being excellent academically, it is also a very happy place in which to spend time. It has been a privilege to support this school and help it fulfil its potential and we look forward to seeing them continue to build on their success.