A Middlesbrough primary school has been granted a prestigious award for its commitment to science.
Staff and pupils at Ayresome Primary School in the centre of Middlesbrough are celebrating after recently receiving the national Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM).
The announcement follows hard on the heels of a recent Ofsted inspection at the school when it was judged to be “good” in all areas.
In a letter to the school, PSQM bosses, said: “We are delighted to inform you that your submission for a Primary Science Quality Mark was successful. Congratulations!
“The reviewers have been very impressed by the high quality of the submissions we have received. The commitment to leading science in your primary school over the last year has been outstanding and the positive impact on teaching and learning is very clear.”
Helen Sizer, PSQM Co-Director said: ‘Schools that have achieved a Primary Science Quality Mark have demonstrated a significant commitment to science leadership, teaching and learning and the profile and quality of science in each accredited school is very high. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, headteachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”
Charlotte Haylock, Headteacher of Ayresome Primary School, said: “The dedication, drive and passion of our staff which enabled us to achieve this award has had hugely positive outcomes for our children.
“However, as a school we will continue to strive to improve our curriculum further and develop ways of enabling our children to become the scientists of the future.”
Ayresome is one of eight primary schools across Teesside under the umbrella of Ad Astra Academy Trust. The others are Barnard Grove, Brougham, West Park and West View in Hartlepool, Rosebrook and Crooksbarn in Stockton-on-Tees and Sunnyside in Middlesbrough.
Andy Brown OBE, Chief Executive Officer of Ad Astra Academy Trust, added: “Science is a key subject which will help many children succeed as their lives progress. These awards are not granted lightly, and I would like to congratulate everyone at Ayresome Primary School on this significant achievement.”