Glittering accolade for primary schoolPublished Tuesday, 26th April 2016
A Rotherham primary school has been given a gold award for changes it’s made to how it works with children with additional needs.
For the last two years Redscope Primary School has been working with trained practitioners and parents of children with additional needs on how best to promote social and emotional well-being among pupils.
As a result, a speech therapist is now employed by the school to help overcome language difficulties.
Other initiatives sparked by the training have included developing "nurture groups" and making meetings more child-centred.
Now the Rotherham Charter – which delivered the training - has awarded the Kimberworth Park school gold charter status, to be a beacon school for others to follow.
Headteacher Paula Dobbin said: "We are absolutely delighted to receive the gold charter award. It's a testament to the dedication and hard work from all staff, parents and those working with our young people here at Redscope, and we're proud to share the same ethos as the Charter, to promote a genuine partnership with children and everyone involved.
"For parents to say that the relationships we have with staff and children is the reason why they chose the school and that they like our attention to detail, comments such as 'you walk in and know everything will be alright' is just the icing on the cake for us alongside the gold status."
The Rotherham Charter asks Rotherham schools, colleges, settings and services to make a commitment to parents, carers, children and young people that they will care, include, communicate and work in partnership with them, recognising trust to be the essential factor in all these relationships.
The primary school was recognised for its 'family atmosphere' and 'friendly and exciting learning environment' by parents. Children who attend the school are said to enjoy strong, supportive relationships with teachers and staff and are regularly rewarded at key milestones and participate in practical projects with end-of-term finales which makes them 'proud to see what they have achieved'.
Rotherham Council's Strategic Director of Children and Young People's Services, Ian Thomas, added: "I am thrilled that Redscope Primary School have been awarded the gold status and that their achievements in and around the classroom have been recognised."
During the process, Redscope Primary School staff received training and support from the Rotherham Charter team, which includes trained practitioners such as educational psychologists and parents of children with additional needs. The team liaise closely with parents, staff and pupils to identify good practice and areas of further development.