24 March 2011

Seventeen Northampton schools are to have their commitment to inclusion and school improvement recognised at a special ceremony next week (WED 30 MAR).

A special presentation event has been arranged at The Duston School on Wednesday to celebrate the success of the schools in achieving the internationally-recognised Inclusion Quality Mark status. Northampton now has the largest cluster of schools in the country achieving the award.

Councillor Andrew Grant, cabinet member for children and young people said: “It’s wonderful to see these schools singled out for their excellent work in helping all their children to achieve their potential, irrespective of their background or their personal circumstances. We know that schools where inclusion, both social and behavioural, is a priority are better equipped to deal with challenges, have lower rates of truancy and exclusions, and are more likely to create a learning environment where students aspire to achieve and enjoy learning.”

Mr Joe McCann, managing director of the Inclusion Quality Mark stated “The IQM is a standard for assessing schools against a nationally recognised framework on inclusion. It is designed to create a dialogue about inclusion with objective and supportive evaluation by the IQM team and this results in a model for further growth. It represents an excellent evaluative tool which dovetails with the OFSTED framework.”

The schools have been supported by the Northampton Area Improvement Partnership (AIP) and Northamptonshire County Council.

To achieve the award, the schools had to demonstrate that they are committed to creating an environment and opportunities for all students to succeed, as well as promoting access and diversity. They are assessed under ten separate elements, including: leadership and management, the learning environment, learner progress and community involvement.

The schools receiving the award are:-

  • Abbeyfield
  • Barry Primary School
  • Castle Primary School
  • Chiltern Primary School
  • Earl Spencer Primary School
  • East Hunsbury
  • Gloucester Nursery School and Children's Centre
  • Greenfields Special School
  • Greenoaks Primary School
  • Lyncrest Primary School
  • Northgate School Arts College
  • Queen Eleanor Primary School
  • St Andrew’s CE Primary School
  • St James CEVA
  • Standens Barn Primary School
  • The Abbey Primary School
  • Whitehills Nursery

Pupils from the schools will perform a variety of dance and song routines to an invited audience including representatives of Northamptonshire County Council, teachers, governors and parents of the participating schools.

IQM is working with more than 5,500 schools nationally and internationally to promote and recognise inclusion in schools.