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Thornton College


Simply the best at online learning


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 a 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 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, 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 T ornton put an enormous amount of eff ort 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 refl ection 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 T ornton who work tirelessly to ensure the remote learning provision is superb in every way. My biggest thanks go to my lovely, long-suff ering class who always humour my terrible jokes and have endless enthusiasm for every weird and wonderful lesson I send their way – thank you 4C!” T ornton 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. T ornton College would also like to recognise their students, all ages from three to 18 years, who have shown such positivity and enthusiasm during online learning. T ornton College also won the Independent Schools of the Year


Award 2020 for its Student Careers Programme and was a fi nalist (fi nal three top schools) from hundreds of entries in the ISA Awards


20 ALL THINGS BUSINESS Beth Rigby


Head of Drama & Year 7


Thornton College – Leiba Sablon Year 4 Teacher Thornton College


for Outstanding STEAM Provision. T ese recent online excellence wins for the school 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 non-selective schools in the UK. Val Holmes, Head Teacher, 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!”


For more information about Thornton College contact Jennifer Walker at JWalker@thorntoncollege.com


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