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Primary school in Wembley shortlisted for a ‘Worlds Best School’ prize

Barham Primary School in Wembley has achieved international recognition by being shortlisted as one of the Top 10 schools in the prestigious World’s Best School Prize.

The announcement was made earlier today on the school playground by Vikas Pota, Founder of T4 Education and the World’s Best School Prizes. The nomination comes in the ‘Community Collaboration’ category, acknowledging the school’s outstanding efforts in fostering partnerships and inclusivity within the local community.

The special ceremony at Barham Primary School was a joyful celebration, featuring captivating musical performances by talented school children. The event showcased the school’s spirit and commitment to providing a well-rounded education.


With an impressive 98.8% of primary schools in Brent being rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted, including Barham, the school stands out as one of the leading educational institutions in the borough.

Barham Primary School, based in Wembley, is among the six UK schools to have secured a spot on the shortlist for the World’s Best School Prizes, surpassing all other countries in terms of representation.

The school’s fate will be decided in September when the finalists for each category will be announced. Barham Primary School eagerly awaits to hear if they have made it to the top three contenders in their category. The winners of the World’s Best School Prizes will be unveiled in October, bringing great anticipation and excitement to the school community.

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Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, expressed his delight, stating, “It’s fantastic that a Brent school, the only one in London, has been recognised for this global award. It’s a real testament to the hard work of the brilliant teachers, students, and parents on this nomination, and I look forward to hearing if the school wins later this year.”

Councillor Gwen Grahl, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools, highlighted the school’s exceptional achievements, saying, “Lots of different languages are spoken at the school, and many students are coming from challenging upbringings. The school should be congratulated on achieving this nomination and excelling in building a strong teaching and learning environment.”

Barham Primary School boasts a diverse community, with 31 different languages spoken among its students. The teachers have cultivated strong relationships with parents and have consistently gone above and beyond to create an inclusive and aspirational environment. Headteacher Karen Giles and her dedicated team actively engage parents in enhancing language proficiency and essential skills to foster student success. They also collaborate closely with community groups, empowering individuals and fostering a sense of belonging and support.

The World’s Best School Prize carries a significant reward, as a total prize pool of $250,000 will be divided equally among the five winning schools, with each receiving a substantial award of $50,000.

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