Cronk-y-Berry School has become the first in the island to be awarded a major benchmark for inclusion.
The Douglas school has received the Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) award for its commitment to ensuring its 360 pupils are included and valued regardless of their needs and backgrounds.
IQM has also awarded Cronk-y-Berry ‘centre of excellence’ status in recognition of work it does to support neighbouring schools.
Just 55 schools in the British Isles have this.
Schools’ regulator Ofsted describes an educationally inclusive school as ‘one in which the teaching and learning, achievements, attitudes and well-being of every young person matters’.
In its assessment, IQM praised Cronk-y-Berry’s ‘energy and aspiration’ and the ‘visionary leadership’ of head teacher Rob Sellors, and said the school ‘embraces differences as the central glue of life’.
It added: ‘Children succeed at Cronk-y-Berry because there is an investment in building and not in outcome alone.
‘The relevance of learning is three-dimensional and each child is visible and their journey unique and celebrated.’
Mr Sellors described IQM as a development tool which celebrates and promotes the school’s success, and also provides realistic feedback on areas which could be developed.
He said it fits very well with the DEC’s School Self-Review and Evaluation process.
Bunscoill Rhumsaa and Dhoon School are working towards the IQM award.