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Local School Named IQM Centre of Excellence

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  • 6th Jan 2022 10:51

Local School Named 'IQM Centre of Excellence'

Local School Named ‘IQM Centre of Excellence’

 Kings Heath Primary Academy is one of only 240 UK schools to be named a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for their outstanding commitment to inclusion and best practice


Kings Heath Primary Academy in Northampton, part of the David Ross Education Trust, has recently been named an IQM Centre of Excellence following a review of the school and their future plans. 


Only 240 UK schools and 3 schools in Northamptonshire currently have this prestigious accolade, and KHPA is the only school in Northamptonshire with this award that is situated in an area of deprivation. KHPA is also the first school within the David Ross Education Trust to become an IQM Centre of Excellence. 


In order to be recommended to become a Centre of Excellence, schools must: 

  • Be committed to sustaining the Inclusion Quality Mark ethos through collaborative activities.
  • Have demonstrable plans to sustain and develop internal inclusive practice.
  • Have good mechanisms to disseminate and share good practice between the schools.
  • Have, or are able to develop, the capacity to share and disseminate good inclusive practice across a broader cluster of schools.
  • Are willing to engage in classroom level research activity that explores inclusive practice.
  • Agree to have an annual IQM visit to ratify or validate the progress and develop an annual plan for development.
  • Agree to contribute an annual written update of progress against the eight elements as the basis for the annual review.
  • Are prepared to contribute to the overall development aims of IQM, supporting the need for expertise or trialling practice.


Achieving the Inclusion Quality Mark Centre of Excellence Award is an opportunity for KHPA to build on the success of being one of the schools which currently holds the Inclusion Quality Mark award and allows them to work together with other schools to share and build on their approach to inclusion best practice. 


Jan Sullivan, IQM Assessor, said: 

“Kings Heath Primary Academy has a strong vision and values that drive all that it offers. This vision is supported by policies which are well-informed by current educational research and clearly defined in whole school procedures.

“The quality of educational provision at the school is at least good and this is reflected in the findings of the school’s last Ofsted inspection (2017). The whole school community is eager for all pupils to achieve to the best of their abilities. KHPA is an inclusive school, with a very specific approach to teaching, learning and curriculum provision.”


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

“We are over the moon to have been named as an IQM Centre of Excellence. Despite the challenges we have faced this year, developing our inclusion best practice is always at the forefront of our minds, and we are extremely proud of the progress we have made. We look forward to continuing to grow and develop as an IQM Centre of Excellence!”


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

“Here at DRET we are constantly striving for progress, inclusion and an equitable, world-class education. That Kings Heath Primary Academy has been named an IQM Centre for Excellence is testament to the dedication of staff and students alike and is a huge accolade for our Trust. Even amidst a global pandemic, Kings Heath has made significant progress through a number of incredible initiatives, and we look forward to seeing the impact of continued growth over the coming year. Congratulations to all at Kings Heath Primary Academy.”