Swaminarayan school in Neasden handed prestigious education award

The Swaminarayan School in Neasden is considering becoming a free school.

The Swaminarayan School in Neasden is considering becoming a free school. - Credit: Archant

Prep school honoured for their work in helping pupils achieve their best

The Swaminarayan School has achieved the prestigious NACE Cymru Challenge Award for More Able and Ta

The Swaminarayan School has achieved the prestigious NACE Cymru Challenge Award for More Able and Talented Pupils. - Credit: Archant

A school in Neasden is celebrating after gaining a prestigious education award honouring schools that produce high quality work and encourage pupils to achieve their best.

The Swaminarayan Prep School, in Brentfield Road, which caters for pupils aged 2-11, has been handed the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE) Award.

The award celebrates work by schools and their staff including teachers and governors and recognises their efforts in helping pupils.

The prep school’s head teacher Umeshchandra Raja was presented with the award by guests including Paralympic swimmer David Hill and former student and current Brent councillor Cllr Krupa Sheth, at a special celebration at the Neasden temple.


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The temple, which is opposite the school, was filled with parents, staff and pupils who were treated to an exhibition providing an insight into how the school incorporates a variety of opportunities and challenging activities into its wide and varied curriculum.

Speaking to the Times, Mr Raja said: “This is a wow factor for us to be recognized like this and is testament to our student’s hard work.

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“We provide a programme for pupils to progress regardless of their ability and believe in an all rounded education.

“We always aim to raise standards at all levels of the school through parents staff and teachers – this is the beginning of a journey.”

Speaking at the ceremony, on Thursday, February 28, Cllr Sheth said: “I would like to congratulate all these young talented people and the teachers on their hard work. It is a pleasure to know that the school has been accredited with the NACE challenge award.

Cllr Sheth, who became Brent’s youngest ever councillor when she was elected to the Wembley Central ward aged 20, in December 2011, added: “I would like to take this opportunity to commend every single person connected to this school for making it what it is today.”

The school is now the 270th school in England to achieve the award across all age groups.

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