Polegate School has become a centre of excellence after receiving national recognition for offering a high standard of education to its pupils.
The school successfully achieved the Inclusion Quality Mark in recognition of its outstanding inclusive practices.
The Inclusion Quality Mark objective is to support both state and independent schools to become inclusive which means offering equal opportunities for all pupils, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity and background. The accolade recognises the high standard of education offered to all pupils.
To gain the accreditation Polegate School went through rigorous assessments over two days which encompassed management, teachers, parents and pupils assessing the quality of leadership, teaching and learning.
Staff said the excellent outcome of the assessment resulted in the school being named as an IQM Centre of Excellence.
Headteacher Claire Martin-O’Donoghue said: “This has been an incredibly busy year for Polegate School. We have had an Ofsted visit shortly followed by the Inclusion Mark Assessment. “Staff have taken these challenges in their stride.
“We take a pride in all of the school’s achievements this year. This latest award is a testament to staff’s hard work, to the loyalty and continued support of all our families and school partners, and to our pupils’ enthusiasm and zest for learning.”
The report stated that: “Inclusion was at the heart of the school’s work and pupils thrive in an environment in which all pupils are equally valued and supported and in which they develop a passion for learning.
“There is a very rich learning environment and busy working atmosphere throughout the school, with pupils working enthusiastically together in groups, pairs and individually. Pupils are articulate, polite and able to talk confidently about their learning. They are a credit to the school. Expectations are high and assessment and tracking systems are rigorous.”
In the report one pupil was noted as saying: ‘The best thing about this school is the encouragement and support you get from everyone - from all the adults in the school, from your friends, buddies, the school council, the head boy and the head girl.” The report recognised the ‘strong and inspirational leadership provided by the dedicated headteacher and senior leadership team’. The assessor stated that: “Very good relationships are evident throughout the school, with all members of the school community working together very effectively as a team to provide the best possible learning experiences for the pupils.”
The school is attending an award ceremony on September 30 in Pall Mall London to receive the accreditation.