A SCHOOL in Little Ness is celebrating after winning a major national award for academic innovation and achievement.

All girls school, Adcote, picked up the Academic Innovation and Achievement award at the Independent Schools Association (ISA) annual awards – the equivalent of The Oscars in the independent schooling sector.

The school received the award in the Junior and Prep School category for its unique CLEAR Learning programme.

Headmistress Diane Browne said the award – which was presented at Oulton Hall in Leeds – was one of the proudest moments of her career.

“We are thrilled that the judges honoured us with this prestigious award," she said. "It’s very exciting to be recognised as one of the best in the country.

“We all think that our CLEAR Learning programme is innovative and enormously beneficial for our students.

"The award marks another milestone in Adcote’s remarkable transition.”

CLEAR Learning aims to teach students the core values of ‘confidence, leadership, engagement, achievement and resilience’ and is woven into the curriculum and every part of school life.

The programme, introduced in September 2018, includes wide-ranging initiatives that introduce students to challenging new learning and adventure tasks and experiences that test their initiative, creativity, team building, resolve, social skills and endurance.