Schools of the Year 2020 – Concord shortlisted!

Friday June 26, 2020

In a year that a record number of entries have been submitted to Independent School Parent Magazine’s ‘Independent Schools of the Year’ awards, Concord is delighted to have been shortlisted. Launched in 2018, the aim of the awards is to highlight the excellence of the student experience in independent schools. The college has been shortlisted for an award in the ‘Rising Star of the Year’ category, after the work of recent-leaver alumnus, Ian Soh caught the eye, for his continued efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic. Ian, who now studies Medicine at St George’s, University of London initiated an international Covid-19 campaign, #MOREVIRALTHANTHEVIRUS – a youth movement by students across the globe. Said Ian: “We believe our message is timely and relevant, observing the worrying attitudes of many youths and young adults around the world regarding the Covid-19 situation. “We believe that we have a responsibility to educate the public on the key messages from WHO and correct misinformation.” As well as successful news publicity and growth in countries around the world, Ian recently was a key panellist in the EPI-WIN webinar: ‘COVID-19 and the youth of today, leaders of tomorrow’, which attracted an audience of 808 young people and experts from a variety of fields. Find out more by clicking here. Speaking of Ian’s achievements, Concord Principal, Mr Neil Hawkins said: “In this context, I am enormously proud but not surprised at Ian’s campaigning work to mobilise young people to combat Covid-19. “His ambitious goals, the links he has established and his work already with the WHO illustrate a quite extraordinary young man who is determined to mobilise others to make the world a safer and a better place. “It is humbling to reflect that he has now mobilised young people from over 100 countries in support of this cause and his voice is being heard in deeply august circles. “Here at Concord College, we strive to unite students, alumni and families in a spirit of harmony. Ian’s beliefs and actions in these challenging times have achieved this in a remarkable manner. He is truly a Rising Star.” Said Dr Helen Wright, Chair of Independent Schools of the Year 2020: “On the evidence of submissions this year, there is no doubt whatsoever that the independent school sector in Britain is demonstrating resilience and agility and delivering a first class educational experience to its pupils in the most challenging of circumstances.” “In the three years since launch, we have seen countless examples of schools thriving in innovative new ways – so it is with great pleasure that I am able to tell you that Concord has been shortlisted for the Rising Star of the Year category.” “Given the new challenges faced by schools following the Covid-19 public health crisis, the purpose of the awards this year is to play a constructive role in assisting the recovery of the sector by amplifying the message that independent schools are on the front foot once again and delivering success in new forms.” She added: “Well done to Ian and the success of the school. Congratulations on the great work that you do!” Judges will be meeting again at the end of summer to decide on the winner of each category, and results will be announced in October.