Formula for success as school wins award

Science leader Anna Peart with young scientists at Denbigh Primary School.
Science leader Anna Peart with young scientists at Denbigh Primary School.

A Wallsend primary school has found the formula for science success.

Denbigh Community Primary School has been awarded the national Gold Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) – the highest level a school can achieve.

The award is only given to schools who work together to share good practice and show excellence in science teaching and learning in their school and wider community.

There was also recognition for science leader and assistant head Anna Peart, the first ever double PSQM winner. She gained silver at her previous school, Marine Park, and has been nominated for a Primary Science Teacher of the Year Award.

Anna, 32, is also a ‘hub leader’ mentoring other borough primary schools and helping teachers develop exciting and active science lessons.

Headteacher Louise Guthrie said: “Everyone at Denbigh is absolutely thrilled by this PSQM Gold award for the school and for Anna who is a star.

“The children are getting an amazing experience in science which is highly valued as a subject. They love putting on their little white lab coats and are so motivated and enthused to learn and ask questions.

“Above all they really enjoy learning about all aspects of science and especially like the practical, hands on experiments that Anna has introduced.”

The PSQM assessors found that as well as developing exciting, active science lessons, the pupils have many opportunities to learn about science out of the classroom. Trips to local companies, engineering firms, universities and science clubs enriches their learning as do the visits from experts.

Congratulating the school and Anna on their success, Mayor Norma Redfearn said : “This is wonderful news; the award is a real and tangible recognition of the quality of science teaching we have here in North Tyneside.

“Brilliant teaching is absolutely crucial if we are to inspire our children so they become the next generation of engineers, medics, analysts and IT specialists who are so vital for the future success of the borough and the region as a whole.

“I’m absolutely delighted that all the hard work shown by Anna, the staff, the children and their parents has been officially recognised and Denbigh becomes another of our winning schools.

“Well done, you should all be very proud.”