Praise for their inclusion work

Staff and pupils at a North Shields school are celebrating after receiving a major award for its high standards.

New York Primary School has been awarded the ‘Inclusion Quality Mark’ (IQM) and is just one of three north east schools designated as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for inclusion.

These quality marks are a reflection of the commitment and enthusiasm of our community of parents, staff, pupils and governors.

Jade Potter

The school also received a Ten Year Basic Skills award recognising its high standards in the teaching of maths and English, for the fifth year in a row.

Jade Potter, inclusion manager at the school, said: “These quality marks are a reflection of the commitment and enthusiasm of our community of parents, staff, pupils and governors.

“It was a surprise and an honour to be nominated as a Centre of Excellence for Inclusion. We are always proud of our pupils and families and even prouder to share with them these prestigious awards.”

Headteacher Lesley Colthart said: “Achieving the IQM at Centre of Excellence level is a real accolade for the school and the local authority as there are only a handful at this level in the north east.

“The whole school community has worked hard towards this recognition, and I’m delighted that our work has been recognised.”

The Inclusion Quality Mark rates a school on a range of values and practices including social cohesion, the attitude of the learners and quality of the learning environment.

The award of ‘Centre of Excellence’ means the school is qualified to advise and support other schools and share good practice.

Dr Wendy Daley, the IQM assessor who visited the school, was impressed by the efforts of staff and pupils.

She stated in her report: “The quality of this school is not just in the bricks and mortar but in the sense of care which the entire school site exudes.”