The Primary Quality Mark award was first developed in 1997, and we have held this award for the last six years. It provides a framework that promotes, support and celebrates the improvement of literacy and mathematics in our school.
There are 10 Primary Quality Mark elements which we have to fulfil. Carrying out these elements ensures that we have a systematic approach to self evaluation and school improvement in the basic skills of English and Maths for all pupils. The Primary Quality Mark 10 Elements are:
1. A whole school strategy and planning to improve performance in basic skills
2. An analysis of the assessment of pupil performance in basic skills
3. Target setting for the improvement of the schools's performance in basic skills
4. Basic skills improvement planning for pupils underattaining and/or underachieving
5. Regular review of the progress made by pupils underattaining and/or underachieving in basic skills
6. A commitment to improving the skills of staff to teach and extend basic skills
7. The use of a range of teaching approaches and learning styles to improve basic skills
8. The use of appropriate teaching and learning materials to improve basic skills
9. The involvement of parents and carers in developing their child's basic skills
10. An effective procedure for monitoring planning and assessing improvement in performance in basic skills
Artsmark is a national award scheme managed by Arts Council England that recognises schools with a high level of provision in the arts. The scheme is open to all schools in the country and awards may be made at one of three levels, gold being the ultimate accolade. We underwent a rigorous assessment and were awarded Artsmark Gold in 2008. Artsmark encompasses music, drama, visual art and dance.
By gaining Artsmark, we show our commitment to the wider development of young people and teachers and to raising the profile of the arts in the school and local community.
This annual award that we hold is a kitemark which rewards delivery of the national PE & Sport Strategy. We are assessed for Activemark through the national school sport survey, as a member of our local School Sport Partnership.
To be awarded Activemark, we have to show that at least 90% of pupils in Years 1 and 2 are doing at least 2 hours high quality PE and school sport a week.
We think this award is really important. It helps in every aspect of school life and is fundamental to our school aim of ‘building a love of learning in a safe and happy school’. Healthy Schools is an exciting long-term initiative that promotes the link between good health, behaviour and achievement.
Core themes include PSHE education, healthy eating, physical activity and emotional wellbeing.
It's about creating happier, healthier children who do better in learning and in life!
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