Not only has Huntingtower Community Primary Academy been given an award for the work it does in relation to inclusion, it has also become a Centre of Excellence.
At a prestigious award ceremony in central London, headteacher Mark Anderson and special educational needs and disability co-ordinator Dawn Bradshaw received the award on behalf of the children, staff, governors, parents and wider community.
Ms Bradshaw said: “Inclusion is the cornerstone of what we do so to be recognised for it is good in itself but to become a Centre of Excellence demonstrates the whole school’s commitment to improving opportunities for all associated with our academy. We are delighted.”
Being a Centre of Excellence means Huntingtower has achieved a great deal for its community but is also able to support and help other organisations to achieve similar things. It will work with partner schools and, in particular, Flagship Inclusion Mark schools to refine further what it can offer.
The assessment summary, written by Dr Wendy Daley, commented on the academy’s energy and commitment to young people’s future, adding: “No excuses are offered or accepted. Where there is a gap, a structure is devised ... when any difficulty is identified, a remedy is offered. There is a restless energy here for staff to fulfil the responsibility to build life skills for the future. High achievement is the positive outcome of this committed investment.”
Mr Anderson expressed his delight and gratitude to the staff and pupils of the academy, saying: “A vision has been built for this academy which could only have been achieved through the hard work and commitment of all associated with the school.
“However, without the passionate efforts of our staff our children would not have felt they were truly valued.”