School earns a raft of awards for standards

Staff and pupils at a North Shields school are celebrating after it received a raft of awards for its high standards.

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

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

Headteacher Lesley Colthart

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

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 can support other schools and share good practice.

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 and we are especially delighted to celebrate the wonderful report. We are always proud of our pupils and families and even prouder to share with them these prestigious awards.”

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

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