School Games Mark
Sainsbury’s School Games GOLD Award!
The award is currently on hold for the academic year 2020/21 due to the closures during the Spring term. We are hoping we can begin our work towards the award again during the next academic year when we have lots of intra-school competitions planned, some personal best challenges planned and we will hopefully be able to attend cluster events again too.
We were delighted to achieve the School Games Mark Gold Award for our work during the 2018/19 academic year. This follows on from our successful application for the award in 2017/18. Due to school closures from March 2020 the School Games carried over the Gold awards for the academic year 2019/20.
The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.
Committed to ICT
Our school has pledged its commitment to national standards in ICT for all pupils.
Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM)
We were successful in achieving the Primary Science Quality Mark in Summer 2020.
This award has been awarded to 160 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning. So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 4000 schools across the UK have achieved a prestigious Primary Science Quality Mark.
The Primary School Quality Mark programme ensures effective leadership of science, enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning. Schools that achieve PSQM demonstrate commitment and expertise in science leadership, teaching and learning.
The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust.
Associate Professor Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “There was never a more important time for primary children to have a high-quality science education. The Coronavirus Pandemic has made everyone aware of the impact of science on our daily lives. Primary schools have an important role to ensure that children understand how science works and keeps us healthy and safe. Schools that have achieved a Primary Science Quality Mark have demonstrated a significant commitment to science teaching and learning, even at this challenging time for schools. The profile and quality of science in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure scientific understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”
For more information, please visit www.psqm.org.uk
Mr Holmes, who is our Science Subject Leader, said: "I am extremely proud to have earned and received the prestigious PSQM award for our school. It is a great achievement that is a result of excellent science going on around us. It also resembles the hard work and quality learning that the staff and children put in towards the subject. Overcoming the challenges faced with completing the award has now given us more belief and confidence in what we are teaching as a school, and pointed us in the direct of making our teaching even better and more effective. Thank you for everyone's contribution towards the award."