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On Wednesday, 23 September, the Boarding Schools Association (BSA) held their annual BSA Awards 2020. The Royal School was awarded the Boarding School of the Year Working with Vulnerable Children. This prestigious award recognises that protecting and working with vulnerable children, who board at the school, requires an in-depth understanding and an ability to approach each child’s situation in a unique way to best assist them.  The BSA Judges confirmed that The Royal has made a significant and extended contribution to the welfare and support of vulnerable children.

The Royal School is extremely proud to be recognised in this way. The School’s boarding staff work tirelessly with all our students, including the more vulnerable boarding students, to provide a stable and caring environment where they feel safe and welcomed.

Mr Mark Heywood, Principal of The Royal School, said, ‘This is wonderful recognition of the continued work of our boarding, teaching, domestic, catering and estates staff who support all our boarders and in particular those ‘vulnerable’ youngsters who are Looked After Children in all their guises over an extended period.  Thanks to all the hard work of our dedicated boarding staff who work around the clock, weekends and half term holidays to present a stable home environment and life changing experiences that enable our young people go on to an impressive range of destinations.  This is a collaborative multi-agency approach involving the Wolverhampton Local Authority, with whom we work closely, the parents, and the young people themselves who stand shoulder to shoulder with students from all over the world and grow and blossom by being immersed in an aspirational and positive environment.  John Lees founded The Royal School as an orphanage in 1850 and it is remarkable that 170 years later our work with children from all backgrounds continues and is being recognised as nationally exceptional as a co-educational day and state boarding School.’

The BSA held its first Awards Dinner in 2018 which celebrated the achievements, hard work, and dedication of schools and individuals to boarding. The Boarding Schools’ Association is the United Kingdom Association serving and representing member boarding schools both in the UK and overseas, training staff and promoting boarding education in both independent and state boarding schools.

The Royal School is a fully co-educational, non-selective independent day and boarding Free School educating over 1,420 students.