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Medway School awarded Inclusion Quality Mark

12 June 2017

A Gillingham primary school has been recognised for going the extra mile to support all of its pupils.


Burnt Oak Primary School, in Richmond Road, has been awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark following a two-day assessment on 26 and 27 April.


It was recognised that the school provides support for children of all abilities, including children with special educational needs and disabilities. The school has specialist staff in a variety of areas to help support the children in many ways, such as learning behaviour mentors, speech and language, English as an additional language and PE. The assessor noted ‘through the dedication of the staff team, Burnt Oak succeeds in providing a learning environment where everyone, pupils and staff, are helped to succeed.’


The school also works with Place2Be, a national children’s charity, to offer a lunchtime drop-in service where children can express their feelings through play, creative work and talking. This helps to build children’s confidence and self-esteem, enabling them to cope with difficult life events, establish friendships and focus in class.


Teaching staff, as well as pupils and their parents, had the opportunity to speak to the assessors. The report acknowledges that pupils feel safe in the school and the assessor commented ‘the children that I met were able to confidently talk about their school and the values it has.’ The report also noted that parents ‘confirmed that staff were approachable and they felt listened to.’


Head Teacher of Burnt Oak Primary School, Heidi Barton, said: “I am delighted that the school has been recognised for its inclusive practice. Every child is valued at Burnt Oak and the staff work hard to ensure they are all supported and encouraged to achieve their very best. I’d also like to thank our children for their hard work and the parents for their support in achieving the Inclusion Quality Mark.”


Cllr Andrew Mackness, Portfolio Holder of Children’s Services, said: “The Inclusion Quality Mark demonstrates the commitment of Burnt Oak Primary School to support every child. The teachers, teaching assistants, pupils, parents and governors have all worked hard to achieve this.


“I’d like to see other schools in Medway, as well as academies, sharing best practice to ensure all children benefit from excellent inclusive practices and receive an outstanding, supportive education to enable them to reach their full potential.”