STALYHILL Junior School is celebrating after being awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark Gold Level.
And headteacher Sue Kitchen praised science co-ordinator Amy Egan for her hard work as it is believed Stalyhill is one of only 59 schools nationally to achieve the gold mark from 536 that were judged.
With pupil Science Ambassadors for each class, annual science weeks and visitors to enrich learning, Science is a central part of Stalyhill’s curriculum.
Reviewer Rosemary Feasey stated science is “definitely secure and flourishing” at Stalyhill.
The emphasis at Stalyhill has been on hands-on science enabling children to investigate.
They have also used the outdoors, taking part in projects such as the Big Schools’ Birdwatch and Big Schools’ Gardens initiatives.
They have also linked up with Manchester University with pupils visiting their science laboratories.
The Primary School Quality Mark scheme enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts.
It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning.
Jane Turner, Primary Science Quality Mark national director, said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school.
The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high.
“Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure science understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”