Briar Hill Primary School recognised as ‘Centre of Excellence’


Pupils and staff at Briar Hill Primary School have been celebrating after being recognised as a Centre of Excellence for inclusive practice.

The school, which is part of the David Ross Education Trust, was this week presented with an Inclusion Quality Mark for its commitment to ensuring each and every child feels safe and welcome in the school’s community.

Joe McCann, Managing Director of Inclusion Quality Mark (UK), came to the school to present the award at a special assembly.

He said: “It is an honour to present this award to a school that lives and breathes inclusive practice and provides a warm welcome to all who come through its doors.”

Students also demonstrated their sign language abilities during the assembly with a performance of a song in Makaton, a form of sign language.

Mrs Watts, Headteacher at Briar Hill, said “We are delighted and proud to have been recognised for this award.

“It is easy to say that your school is inclusive and welcoming, but it is much harder to actually prove. We had inspectors in the school reviewing all aspects of school life, from looking at the relationships between staff and pupils to our policies and building.

“The fact that after all of that the inspectors rated Briar Hill as a Centre of Excellence is testament to the hardwork and commitment of everyone in the school – both staff and pupils.

“I have always known we are a warm and friendly school where our pupils feel safe and valued, we are all just absolutely delighted that this has been formally recognised.”