Here are the Awards that we are proud to have achieved.
The Inclusion Quality Mark
The Inclusion Quality mark was achieved in July 2018.
Ofsted defines an educationally inclusive school as one in which the teaching and learning; achievements, attitudes and well-being of every young person matter.
Inclusion Quality Mark provides schools with a nationally recognised framework to guide their inclusion journey. The IQM team help schools evaluate and measure how they are performing; empowering them to improve and grow. And when they’re successful, IQM recognise their achievement through a system of highly valued awards that provide external validation of their inclusive status. There are over 5,500 schools in the UK who have either received an IQM Inclusive School Award, or are actively working towards meeting the standard required.
Holding the IQM Centre of Excellence Award is a very positive statement that lets learners, parents, staff and stakeholders know that our organisation promotes equal opportunities for all pupils, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, attainment and background. It pays particular attention to the provision made for, and the achievement of, different groups of pupils within the school and any pupils who are at risk of disaffection and exclusion.
The Dyslexia Mark
The Dyslexia Quality mark was achieved in July 2017.
The philosophy underpinning the Quality Mark is that changing practice to accommodate dyslexic individuals often results in good practice for everyone.
In the case of educational institutions, the British Dyslexia Association recognises that the majority of moderately dyslexic students will be taught in mainstream classrooms and by non-specialist tutors. Therefore it is important that, as well as employing appropriate teaching methods, all environments are dyslexia friendly.
The BDA’s Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark aims to provide a framework of support and understanding for schools and other organisations within which the dyslexic individual can build on existing skills and develop new. This ensures that everyone within our organisation has a good knowledge of the needs of the dyslexic individual and that resources are available to meet such needs. This in turn is likely to lead to greater levels of achievement and retention for all learners.
The BDA Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark is an external sign of approval that is widely recognised not only in the UK but also internationally. This award is issued only to those organisations that have met its rigorous quality standards and demonstrates public recognition that they provide high quality education and practice for dyslexic individuals.
Above all, holding the BDA Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark is a very positive statement that lets learners, parents, staff and stakeholders know that our organisation is a good place for dyslexic individuals.
Basic Skills Quality Mark
The Basic Skills Quality Mark is an award that celebrates and supports continuous improvement in literacy and numeracy.
It is awarded to a setting or school to recognise their provision, practice and performance in literacy and numeracy, and is valid for three years.
A school or setting must demonstrate a whole school approach to improving standards in literacy and numeracy, with evidence of the impact of its approaches.
It provides a framework for self-evaluation and continuous improvement of the basic skills of all pupils in a school.
We have been successfully reassessed for the update of this award and are awaiting certificate.
360° E-safety Mark
We are very proud to have been the very first school in the North to have been successfully assessed and then reassessed for this quality mark.
Schools that are able to show good practice in their e-safety policy and procedures can apply for the E-Safety Mark. The first step towards gaining the mark involves an online application to South West Grid for Learning and submission of a completed 360 degree safe self review in which the school has reached at least the benchmark level in all aspects . The school must also provide a full commentary for each aspect which describes how their provision for that aspect meets the required benchmark level.
Eco Schools Award
We are proud to have achieved both the Bronze and Silver Awards.
The Eco-Schools programme provides a unique opportunity that empowers pupils to lead change within their school and have a positive impact in their wider community. The programme encourages pupils of all ages and abilities to work together to develop their knowledge and environmental awareness. Independent research into the Eco-Schools programme in England found evidence of the positive impacts on pupils, including increased confidence, development of leaderships skills, improved pupil well-being and behaviour and greater motivation at school.
As well as the pupil benefits, which have a hugely positive effect on the whole school community, individual schools benefit from reducing their environmental impact. Eco-Schools consume less water and energy and produce less waste – in turn saving money that be allocated elsewhere in the school.
Investors In Pupils
Investors in Pupils is a simple concept that builds on the principles of Investors in People, to empower all pupils, increase motivation and contribute to raising achievement across the Key Stages.
The programme offers schools a framework for involving pupils in decision making, and developing responsibility and leadership in relation to their learning, behaviour, attendance, classroom management and induction. It is powerful in developing a positive ethos where pupils learn about how the school is run, and, in turn, understand how they themselves can contribute to the running of the school. Pupils commit to common goals and teamwork – together with each other and with staff.
Healthy Schools Award
A healthy school promotes health and wellbeing of children and staff through planned and well taught curriculum, ethos and programme of enhancements.
Schools accredited with the ICT Mark standard are demonstrating that they are committed to using technology to improve their overall effectiveness and efficiency. As a school we are involved in a range of initiatives such as building programmes, curriculum development and working to ensure that every child matters have found that the ICT Mark has helped us demonstrate effective use of technology.
Technology reaches deeply into the work of our school and the ICT Mark process ensured that we thought through how it can contribute most effectively.