Inclusion Quality Mark Centre of Excellence Award for Yew Tree Primary School

Published on: Thursday, 22-October-2015

Yew Tree Community Primary School in Halewood is the first mainstream school in the borough to achieve the Inclusion Quality Mark Centre of Excellence.

In June, assessors visited the school to examine how the school meets the needs of diverse communities in delivering an inclusive education, whilst ensuring equal opportunities for all pupils, regardless of age, gender ethnicity, attainment and background.

Following the visit, assessors described the school as “vibrant and motivating where the warmth of the staff and pupils is obvious as one is welcomed through the door.” Assessors also commented that inclusive practice permeates throughout the school at all levels and the curriculum is enriched by topic work, themed weeks, visits, art and drama projects as well as residential visits.

A range of specialised support is available at Yew Tree Community Primary School ensuring that pupils get the very best education by attending school.  This includes speech and language therapists, educational psychologists and the special education service – all of which are based in the school and can support pupils when needed.

Julia Wright, Head Teacher at Yew Tree Community Primary School said “I, along with my leadership team and teaching staff, are all committed to ensuring we provide a quality education for our pupils.  The award is a fantastic endorsement of what we do day in day out to ensure all of our pupils achieve their potential.”

The views of staff, children, parents and Governors formed part of the assessment. Parents commented that they felt well informed about the progress of their child, they felt encouraged to get involved in their child’s learning and pupils are engaged and involved in their learning.

Pupils felt they were given lots of opportunities to help them develop and they felt safe and secure.

Cllr Gary See, Cabinet Member for Children Services, added “I’m delighted that the school has been recognised at a national level for the education and support they provide.  It is particularly pleasing that part of the assessment included speaking to pupils and parents directly and their views have helped the school to achieve this prestigious accolade. Well done to everyone involved!”