SCHOOL AWARDS

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We are very proud of the awards we have received from external bodies which recognise the work we all do in our school. Over the last few years we have worked for our NACE, LPPA, Go 4 It,Basic Skills and Thinking Skills.

In the last year we have been continuing to move ourselves forward in the particular area that the different awards covers. We have been successful in our reaccreditation;

We have been reaccredited for the following awards:

IQM award in June 2013

Basic Skills award in June 2013

NACE award for 'More Able' in November 2012

LPPA award in October 2008 and then again in 2011. We are currently working towards verification again this term (Summer 2018).

LPPA Award

Leading Parent Partnership Award

The school is working towards the Leading Parent Partnership Award (LPPA) for the third time. We first achieved this award in 2008 in recognition of the importance we place in school on your participation and involvement in all aspects of your child’s life in school. We know that for children to achieve their full potential parental support and involvement is crucial.

Currently we have a focus group of parents looking at some of the school’s key policies and considering whether they are ‘user friendly.’  We will also be considering ways of improving the quality of our two-way communication – when you visit the school, make a telephone call, request information.

The purpose of any work that we do is not to receive an award but it is always of value to have external validation and a means of celebrating our achievements.  

 

Feedback from our parents' survey

Thank you to all of you who took part in our parents' survey last week and took the trouble to write comments as well. The response was overwhelmingly positive and we are delighted that you feel welcomed when you come in to school and receive satisfactory answers to your queries. 

This does not mean we are complacent however and as you know, we will always listen to your suggestions for improvements. 

This quote was  a typical response-

"It's always a pleasure coming to drop my daughter off to school in the morning. Ms Creed and the other members of staff are always warm and welcoming. They are always on hand if we have a problem. The ladies in the office are always kind and extremely courteous. We appreciate you all and thank you for looking after our daughter."

PSQM Award

            We are very happy to announce that St. Mary’s has received the PSQM Award (Primary Science Quality Mark), for our work in science throughout the school. We have had a real focus on scientific enquiry and the teaching of scientific skills within lessons. Samples of children’s work, planning and evidence of scientific skills which have been taught were submitted to the science hub leaders who had to judge the school against very strict criteria.

            A lot of hard work and determination has paid off and we are very proud that our award is hanging up in our school. The most rewarding part is that the children’s confidence and enjoyment of science has been developed and has improved. 

 

   

OUR IQM AWARD 2017

 

 

"St Mary’s Achieves Inclusive School Award Again"

September 8, 2017 by Eilish McCann

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Enfield has achieved this award for the third time.

 

An Inclusive Education

St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School offers an inclusive education to the children of families living nearby. Whatever their cultural, social, faith-expression or learning differences, all are welcomed and if necessary additional provisions are made so that the needs of individuals can be provided for. Some children at St. Mary’s experience additional medical or sensory problems and more than double the national average speak English as an additional language.

Celebrating Differences

A good proportion of St. Mary’s pupils are identified as having specific gifts, talents or areas of interest and some of these able children may also have additional needs in other areas. The senior leaders at St. Mary’s are proud to be able to say that their children ‘are used to women in positions of authority’ and yet the needs of boys are understood too and there are no expectations of pupil attainment or behaviour merely because of gender. Staff members at St. Mary’s are keen to celebrate each and every difference and encourage children to reach their full potential through sporting and arts enrichment activities and educational interventions.

Values-Based Inclusion Practices

Clearly the inclusion practices of St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School are values-based and this becomes immediately obvious at the start of every day as the Head Teacher greets by name every child, parent and visitor in the entrance hall, asking about solutions to problems encountered the day before, acknowledging new shoes or hair styles – anything to reassure an individual and to help them feel like a valued part of the school family.

Updated Facilities

The original St. Mary’s school building has been extended and refurbished several times since it was built and within the last five years a major building project led to the addition of an extra floor with new classrooms, group rooms, a fully resourced communications/ICT suite, library facilities and a roof garden. In addition, the reception/nursery play and outdoor education areas have recently been surfaced with child-friendly Astroturf.

High Quality Displays

Overall the school is bright and attractive. Displays, working walls etc are of high quality and many are faith-based. Those displays in the main corridors relate to termly or half-termly projects and are well-maintained and regularly up-dated.

A Good School

The report of the most recent Ofsted inspection of St. Mary’s (March 2014) describes it as being an all-round good school and states that ‘pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is a strength of the school. Attitudes to learning are very positive. The headteacher has been instrumental in promoting a highly positive ethos within the school’. During the day of the 2017 IQM assessment I was accompanied on learning walks and observed pupils engaged in both formal and informal activities. A very confident group of children came to meet me and they were not for one moment overawed by being asked to meet with an unknown adult visitor. They gave me the benefit of their experience as children with a variety of needs, all of whom felt are being successfully included as individuals into the school’s academic and social curricula. These were definitely children who had a voice!

Home Values are Reinforced

During my day at St. Mary’s Primary I was grateful to family members who came to meet me and share the stories of their children’s education. Parents were pleased to be able to say that at this school their home values are reinforced, that they are supported in their parental responsibilities and that school, home and church all work together very closely. One parent had been helped through a difficult and upsetting time with one of her children and felt that the successful outcomes had impacted positively on the whole family, and life both inside and outside of school. She told me that she “wouldn’t move them for anything in the world”.

Inclusive Ethos has Been Developed and Refined

After speaking to a member of the governing body who has been associated with the school for a very long time, it was easy to see that the inclusive ethos has been developed and refined over many years and that there is an encouragement toward inclusivity at the highest levels: “The leadership has consistency in terms of behaviour and reaching full (academic) potential. They lead the rest of the staff so well. The staff can pull talents out of children that I wouldn’t even think they might have.”