Alex Timpson ARC Attachment Award

The Alex Timpson ARC Attachment Award recognises and celebrates best practice in attachment and trauma aware schools and settings.

All Virtual School Head Teachers are invited to nominate a school or setting from their region for each category. Short listed nominees will have their work featured on the ARC website and will be put forward for the final stage where they could be in with a chance of receiving a cash prize for their school or setting.

This award will be made to the school or setting in each category who, in the opinion of the ARC Judging Panel, has made a profound and lasting contribution to attachment and trauma aware practices. Winners will be expected to host and present their work at a regional event, in the following calendar year, where other schools can be inspired and learn from their work. They will also present this at the Annual Conference in the Autumn Term.

The Alex Timpson ARC Attachment Award is open to ARC members and non-members. All nominees must be supported and nominated by their Virtual Head.

There are five categories:

Early Years
Special/PRU/Alternative Provision
Post 16


This year winners of the Alex Timpson ARC Attachment Award will receive £1000 to spend on sharing good practice.

Thank you for all those who have been nominated. Shortlisted nominees will be contacted in September. The shortlisted schools or settings will be invited to the ARC Annual Conference at the Birmingham Conference & Events Centre on 21 November 2019, where the winner from each category will be announced and presented by Sir John Timpson CBE.


We would like to congratulate our five winners of the Timpson Attachment Award.

Early Years Category Award Winner - Chaucer - Nominated by: Derbyshire Virtual School
Primary Category Award Winner - Colebourne Primary School - Nominated by: Birmingham Virtual School
Secondary Category Award Winner - Kirk Hallam - Nominated by: Derbyshire Virtual School
Special, PRU, Alternative Category Award Winner - Sallygate School - Nominated by: Professor David Shemmings OBE PhD, Professor of Child Protection Research at University of Kent on behalf of Kent Virtual School
Special Award, High commended - Cherry Orchard Primary School - Nominated by: Worcestershire Virtual School