School's top quality award

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 April 2015

Winscombe Primary School.

Winscombe Primary School.

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A North Somerset primary school headteacher has praised her 'dedicated' staff after the school received a national award for its work with disadvantaged pupils.

Winscombe Primary School, in Moorham Road, received a top quality mark award from leading education charity Achievement For All.

The school was given the prestigious prize for work it has been doing to improve the wellbeing, resilience and self-esteem of students who are vulnerable to underachievement and disadvantaged in their learning, such as those with special educational needs or disabilities.

Headteacher Lin Williams said: “It is fantastic for the school and is the result of tremendous hard work by our staff.

“Our staff are really dedicated to their roles and are extremely caring. They have really put a lot into making this happen.”

Winscombe has been working with the Achievement For All programme since January 2013.

The programme works closely with parents, teachers and individual children with the aim of improving both aspiration and attainment among pupils.

According to Achievement For All, a ‘marked improvement in achievement and progress’ has been seen across Winscombe’s pupils.

The quality mark recognises the excellent work being done by the school to improve progress in reading, writing and maths for all pupils, regardless of challenges which a child’s background or individual needs could pose.

Mrs Williams, who is also head of Sandford Primary School, added: “Our staff show nothing but care and warmth for all children – not just those who are disadvantaged – both here and at Sandford.

“We are a very kind and committed foundation. Our staff go the extra mile and nothing is ever too much to ask of them.

“I am delighted that this programme has made such a tremendous difference to our children. Staff constantly give 110 per cent to help our children and I am incredibly proud of them all.”

A spokesman for Achievement For All said: “We were particularly impressed by the way Winscombe has embedded the charity’s approach within all of its staff members. This has been a great help in raising the aspirations and attainment of all pupils.

“We are delighted to be working with Winscombe primary and to be sharing in their success with this much deserved award.”

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