Girls' school near Buckingham wins two categories in national online learning awards

Thornton College celebrates success in remote learning awards for independent schools

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 12:05 pm
Miss Rigby and Mrs Sablon

Thornton College has won two categories in the Independent Schools Association (ISA) Remote Learning Celebration 2021 for providing excellence in remote learning since the beginning of the pandemic, March 2020.

ISA launched its nationwide Celebration of Remote Online Learning 2021 in response to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown learning. Each of the 559 member independent schools were encouraged to submit online learning lessons, nominated by students, in four categories - Arts, STEM, Sports and Other.

Thornton College, a private Catholic boarding and day school for girls, entered three recorded live online lesson submissions and won two of the four categories - a Year 11 drama lesson taught by Beth Rigby entitled ‘Too Much Punch for Judy’ and a Year 4 science lesson taught by Leiba Sablon entitled ‘Mrs Nerg – On the Line’.

Miss Rigby, who is head of drama and Year 7 said: “I was incredibly touched when I found out that I had been nominated for this award by one of my Year 11 students.

"All of the staff at Thornton put an enormous amount of effort into online learning, continuing to deliver the full curriculum in an exciting and engaging way, so to know that the students really appreciated this made it so very worthwhile.

"I have been absolutely blown away by the resilience of the students and their ongoing commitment to learning, from home.

"It is never easy to perform in front of an entire class, let alone on Zoom, yet my students still created such beautiful, moving and in many cases utterly hilarious drama pieces, over lockdown.

"I am thrilled to receive this award and truly do feel it is also a reflection on my fabulous students”.

Year 4 teacher Mrs Sablon said “Mrs Nerg and I are so honoured to win this excellence in remote learning award.

"It simply couldn’t happen without the incredible dedication and commitment from the entire staff body at Thornton who work tirelessly to ensure the remote learning provision is superb in every way.

"My biggest thanks go to my lovely, long-suffering class who always humour my terrible jokes and have endless enthusiasm for every weird and wonderful lesson I send their way – thank you 4C.”

Headteacher Val Holmes said: “I am delighted that we won two out of the three categories we entered, especially when considering ISA has 559 member schools.

"Special congratulations to our winners, Miss Rigby and Mrs Sablon, and to all the staff and our amazing students who did not miss a day of learning during lockdown and can truly claim to be remote learning experts.”

Thornton College, which also won the Independent Schools of the Year Award 2020 for its student careers programme and was a finalist in the ISA Awards for Outstanding STEM Provision, consistently ranks in the Sunday Times top 10 non-selective schools in the UK.