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Local School Awarded Primary Science Quality Mark GILT award

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  • 6th Jan 2022 11:02

Local School Awarded Primary Science Quality Mark GILT award

Local School Awarded Primary Science Quality Mark GILT award

Kings Heath Primary Academy achieves second highest possible PSQM award for their outstanding commitment to science teaching and learning  


Kings Heath Primary Academy in Northampton, part of the David Ross Education Trust, has been awarded a Primary Science Quality Mark GILT Award for their outstanding commitment to science teaching and learning in a review of the school’s curriculum and practice. This year, only 283 schools in the UK have been awarded this prestigious accolade. 


The Primary School Quality Mark programme ensures effective leadership of science, 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. To achieve the award, Kings Heath Academy had to demonstrate commitment and expertise in science leadership, teaching and learning.


Achieving the GILT Award is an opportunity for KHPA to build on their success in scientific teaching and learning and allows them to work together with other schools to share and build on best practice.


The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust.


Associate Professor Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: 

“There was never a more important time for primary children to have a high-quality science education. The Coronavirus Pandemic has made everyone aware of the impact of science on our daily lives. Primary schools have an important role to ensure that children understand how science works and keeps us healthy and safe. 

“Schools that have achieved a Primary Science Quality Mark have demonstrated a significant commitment to science teaching and learning, even at this challenging time for schools. The profile and quality of science 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 scientific understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.


Kim Duff, Principal of Kings Heath Primary Academy, said: 

“We are delighted to have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark GILT Award. Our teachers and leaders work tirelessly to ensure that our children have access to a world-class education, which of course includes robust and effective science teaching and learning. It is wonderful to have been recognised for this work by PSQM and we greatly look forward to working with them to continue to improve our science provision at Kings Heath.” 


Simon Rose, Director of Primary Education at the David Ross Education Trust, said: 

“Congratulations to all at Kings Heath Primary Academy for this well-deserved accolade. Even through the challenges of the last year, Kings Heath has continually stretched teachers and pupils in science to ensure that they are delivering the best possible education, and we look forward to seeing the impact of continued growth over the coming years.”