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Hamburg's Klosterschule Honoured with the German School Award

The high school from Hamburg was named winner of Germany's national education award "Deutscher Schulpreis", granted by Chancellor Angela Merkel on 10 June 2015

Hamburg’s Klosterschule is one of country’s best school. At this year’s German School Award, it shared the second place of the national competition with four other German school. They all took home 25,000 euro each. The first prize and a prize money of 100,000 euro was granted to the comprehensive school of Barmen Wuppertal (NRW). The awards were presented on Wednesday, 10 June 2015, by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a prize-giving gala held at Holy Cross Church in Berlin.

Hamburg’s Oldest State-Run Day School

Hamburg’s Klosterschule was founded in 1872 as a secondary school for girls. In 1992, the school became the first state-run all-day school in Hamburg, a real exception in all of Germany. Today, some 1,000 pupils attend the Klosterschule. About 75 teachers work at the school. Klosterschule is known for its very exceptional focus on esthetic education.

The Other Winners

Also honoured with awards was Bremen’s primary school at Buntentorsteinweg, the Jenaplanschule Rostock, and the “Waldschule” elementary school in Flensburg, Germany’s northernmost city. The Don Bosco Vocational School Beratungszentrum Würzburg was named winners of the jury’s special award and also took home 25,000 euro.

Indicator of School Quality

The Robert Bosch Foundation has been granting the German School Award since 2006 in partnership with the Heidehof Foundation. Media partners are Hamburg’s weekly premium yellow press magazine “Der Stern” and the German national broadcasting association ARD. Since the launch of the programme, more than 1,500 schools have been participating in the contest. When choosing the winners, the jury evaluates six quality areas: power, handling diversity, teaching quality, responsibility, school life, and the school’s performance as a place of learning. These six criteria are now widely recognised as a good indicator for school quality.

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