A HEAD TEACHER says he is "thrilled" and "delighted" his school had been chosen by the council to win a prestigious award.
Mark Southworth, head of Woodcote High School in Coulsdon picked up the council's secondary school of the year prize on behalf of staff, pupils, parents and governors.
The award "recognises the hard work, dedication and achievements of our staff and those working on behalf of Croydon Council through our partners and contractors".
It was presented to Mr Southworth at the council's awards last Thursday (November 27) by Louisa Woodley, the council's cabinet member for people and communities.
After the award ceremony he said: "I was thrilled when I heard that we had been nominated and then delighted that we were the eventual winners.
"Of course, I was only there to pick up the award on behalf of the teachers and students at Woodcote.
"It would have been lovely had we been able to bring some of our superb students to share in the glory, but space was limited."
The award had recognised the improvement in the school over the last two years, he added.
Mr Southworth: "Our local education authority adviser, Maggie Brady, who nominated us, comes into school regularly to monitor us and she has recognised the hard work of the teachers and students and sees all of the little things that make Woodcote such a great place to learn and work."
In an open letter to parents, Dr Paul Driscoll, chairman of governors, described the award as "an honour and a welcome development that surely recognises other aspects of school life.
"I'd like to convey my congratulations to all of those involved, Mark Southworth, his leadership team and the whole teaching staff, the support staff, and of course the students and their parents," said Dr Driscoll.
"All are part of the community that makes for Woodcote High School – well done."