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Silver award celebrated at Ashbrooke

21 April 2023

Pupils and staff from Ashbrooke School are celebrating following the announcement that they have been awarded the Silver level of the National SMSC Quality Mark.

The SMSC Quality Mark has been developed by a working group comprised of educational consultants, headteachers and teachers, as well as staff from Young Citizens. The award works to ensuring that children and young people are able to make a positive difference to the society in which they live – locally, nationally and globally. This is achieved by helping them develop knowledge, skills and confidence.   

The report started with a kind note from the verifier, Sandra Saint: 

Thank you for the lovely warm welcome I received, and I commend you on the lovely calm atmosphere of Ashbrooke.

The report highlighted the school's SMSC strengths. The following are a few key examples: 

  • Weekly pupil-led learning sessions and activities which also include additional use of the Beach and Forest schools. 
  • A range of other awards, including Inclusion Quality Mark, Green Flag (Eco Schools) and Rights Respecting Schools. 
  • Half-termly ITAC (Internal Team Around the Child) meetings and individual PBS (Behaviour Support Plans) really ensure that the personalised provision offered is engrained. 
  • Words which capture the way members of its key stakeholders describe the school are: 

"Progressive   Amazing   Inclusive  Caring  Resilience   Phenomenal  Respectful  Rehabilitating  Supportive  Happy  Outstanding."

Deputy Head Teacher, Vincent Sinclair commented:

"Staff and pupils at Ashbrooke are thrilled to have been awarded Silver level of the National SMSC Quality Mark, and this has been confirmed by the Quality Assurance Panel."

Well done, everyone.

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