A SCHOOL has joined an elite group nationwide to be granted a prestigious award.
Easington Colliery Primary School has become the first in the North-East and only the 17th nationwide to be awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark, Excellence Award.
Ten elements were observed in depth, studying a wide range of aspects to find how all children are included and offered the best chances possible.
The inspector looked at areas including pupil progress, pupil attitude, values and personal development, leadership and management, the staffing system and organisation, the learning environment, resources and ICT and the community.
Senior assessor, Dr Wendy Daley, said: “This school endeavours to see boundaries spanned and all barriers diminished.
“Every part of the school is an active learning resource. Strategic provision is identified and qualitatively resourced.
“All children are helped to the fullest of their abilities and all children are included.
“Interaction with the wider community offers vibrant learning opportunities and ensures an appreciation of social and economic contexts for the children – there is a myriad of learning and social events”.
School headteacher David Loomes said: “I am delighted that Easington Colliery Primary School has gained this prestigious Excellence Award for Inclusion. We have really hard-working staff and children who have worked tirelessly to ensure that their practices and learning is of the highest standards.
“Teachers and Governors are completely dedicated towards inclusive practices throughout the school to ensure that all our children achieve the highest standards possible and have a wide range of opportunities to sample and study.”