A Surbiton independent school has won an award for creativity at the prestigious TES Independent School Awards.

Surbiton High School - which boasts an Entrepreneur in Residence and Writer in Residence - puts creativity at the centre of its learning, demonstrating how it can be applied across all subjects.

The prize was given at a black-tie event attended by 400 people at Grosvenor House Hotel, presented by Gyles Brandreth.

In its submission, the school said that the Entrepreneur in Residence “puts creative thinking at the heart of all its enterprise activities”.

All these activities are ranked against seven enterprise learning outcomes, so the school can analyse the impact of the programme.

And the Writer in Residence brings together the creative instinct for original ideas and the art of fine writing.

The judges said: “Surbiton High School enjoys very specific and explicit emphasis on creativity. Significant resources support the effort and ideas, and projects and competitions within the school (and more broadly through the school’s parent Trust, ULT) stimulate healthy competition and also showcase what has been achieved.

"Results are thus highly visible, and it’s clear that for the school this entry is no one-off project but an ongoing and central theme.”

Principal Rebecca Glover said: "We are delighted to have been awarded the TES Creativity Award. I would like to thank the hard work of our Entrepreneur in Residence and Writer in Residence to ensure we stay at the forefront of creativity in learning and teaching.