In 2015 Melbourn Primary School achieved ‘ArtsMark’ status in recognition of the quality of teaching and the children’s achievement in art, music, creative writing, drama and dance. Our validator, who visited in February, was particularly impressed with our use of the arts to inspire work in other curriculum areas and the impact this has on our children’s engagement and self-esteem. We will continue to develop this successful aspect of school life.
The school is now actively working towards achieving the primary science quality mark (PSQM).
Eco-Schools are an international award programme that guides schools on their sustainable journey, providing a framework to help embed these principles into the heart of school life.
Children are the driving force behind Eco-Schools – they lead the eco-committee and help carry out an audit to assess the environmental performance of their school. Through consultation with the rest of the school and the wider community it is the pupils that decide which environmental themes they want to address and how they are going to do it.
We received the Bronze Award from Eco Schools on 3rd April 2014.
We are currently working towards achieving a Silver award for Eco-Schools. The criteria for this award are:
1.The school has identified an Eco-Committee consisting of pupils and adults which meets at least once every half term.
2.Pupils share the responsibility with adults for running the committee.The level of responsibility expected depends on the age and ability of the pupils involved.
3.The Eco-Committee includes a parent and/or governor representative.
4.Records are kept of meetings.
5.The Eco-Committee has completed an environmental review covering the Eco-Schools 9 topics.
6.Results of the review have been discussed by the Eco-Committee and communicated with the whole school.
7.The Eco-Committee has produced a detailed Action Plan.
8.The plan contains timescales, targets and who is responsible.
9.The Eco-Committee has shared the action plan with the rest of the school.
Linking to the Curriculum
10.The school can indicate that some environmental issues have been covered within curriculum work in most year groups.
Involving the Whole School and Wider Community
11.The school has a prominent, designated notice board, detailing Eco-Schools activities.
12.The Eco-Committee regularly communicates Eco-Schools activities to the whole school and wider community (eg. via assemblies and newsletters).
Monitoring and Evaluation
13.The Eco-Committee monitors the effectiveness of Eco-Schools work (eg. via data collection, before and after photographs etc).
14.The school has an agreed, adopted and displayed Eco-Code.
15.The school has addressed at least one of the Eco-Schools 9 topics.