Dormer is awarded the Gold Standard Primary Science Quality Mark
We have many proud moments at Dormer, but we are so thrilled with our latest accolade which honours the PNEU pursuit of excellence, as well as the Dormer spirit to fly high in Science! Indeed, we are truly delighted to report that the school has been awarded the Gold standard Primary Science Quality Mark.
Our talented young scientists have not only enjoyed an amazing range of extra-curricular science activities, but they have received the very best in primary science teaching. As ever we remain deeply grateful for the support of children, parents and Trustees, but ultimately our success is thanks to the hard work of dynamic ‘Team Science’ and outstanding Science Lead, Greg Stotesbury. Mr. Stotesbury and Mrs. Hobkirk will be off to a formal ceremony in Birmingham next week to collect the school’s award.
Mr. Stotesbury summarises below what the Quality Mark means for the school and how Dormer achieved the Gold standard:-
Primary Science Quality Mark
Over the last year the Dormer House Science department (‘Team Science’) has been working hard to gain a Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM). This week we heard that we have achieved a GOLD mark.
Primary Science Quality Awards have been awarded to 270 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning. 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.
The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire School of Education in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. It is supported by the Royal Society for Chemistry, the Ogden Trust and the Association for Science Education. Jane Turner, PSQM 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.”
As well as stimulating lessons with lots of chances to complete practical work, over the course of the year the children have enjoyed many science trips as well as visiting speakers who came to school. We also took part in science competitions, completed citizen science investigations at school, and in the holidays, and had a brilliant science week. We hosted science events for our pupils as well as for other schools, such as a physics masterclass and an astronomy evening. There has been a real buzz about science since we opened the new lab last year and we will strive to continue this in the coming years.
You can read more about the Primary Science Quality Mark here.