Thornton College wins two national categories in the ISA Remote Learning Celebration

13th May 2021

Miss Rigby and Mrs Sablon stand in a garden

“These awards are richly deserved and reflect the resilience and inspired creativity that girls and staff continued to show through such challenging times. Our submissions really captured the spirit of our community and we are delighted that ISA have recognised this.” Dr Louise Shaw, Deputy Head.

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

ISA launched a nationwide Remote Learning Celebration, in response to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown learning. Each of the 559 Members’ independent schools were encouraged to submit online learning lessons in four categories: Arts, STEM, Sports and Other.

Thornton College entered three recorded live online lesson submissions and won two of the four categories; a Year 11 Drama Lesson taught by Miss Rigby entitled ‘Too Much Punch for Judy’ and a Year 4 Science Lesson taught by Mrs Sablon entitled ‘Mrs Nerg – On the Line’.

Miss Rigby, 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”.

Mrs Sablon, Year 4 Teacher 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!”

Thornton College is absolutely thrilled to win these two categories and would like to recognise both Miss Rigby and Mrs Sablon especially for winning and also all teachers for their contribution to providing excellence in online learning. Thornton College would also like to recognise their students, all ages from 3 – 18 years, who have shown such positivity and enthusiasm during online learning.

Thornton does it again!

Thornton College also won the Independent Schools of the Year Award 2020 for its Student Careers Programme and was a Finalist (Final three top schools) from hundreds of entries in the ISA Awards for Outstanding STEM Provision. These recent online excellence wins for the schools surely add to the success the school has achieved this year alone and cement the school’s position as the only leading boarding and day Independent School for girls in the area!

Thornton College consistently ranks in the Sunday Times top 10 non-selective schools in the UK.

“I am delighted that we won two out of the three categories we entered, especially when considering ISA has 559 Members’ 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!” Mrs Val Holmes, Head Teacher.