School celebrates two quality mark awards

Chief Minister Allan Bell presents the two quality mark awards to Dhoon School governors, head teacher Maxim Kelly and student council representatives

Chief Minister Allan Bell presents the two quality mark awards to Dhoon School governors, head teacher Maxim Kelly and student council representatives

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Dhoon School is celebrating after receiving two UK-recognised quality mark awards.

It has been re-evaluated for Investing in Children Status and has gained the Inclusion Quality Mark.

Both awards involved the school staff working towards a series of benchmark standards which were then assessed by an independent validator.

Chief Minister Allan Bell presented the awards to the student council in a ceremony this week.

Investing in Children promotes the human rights of children and young people.

Organisations applying for the award have to demonstrate dialogue with young people which leads to change.

Recommending the status be re-applied to Dhoon School, assessor Nigel Bennett said: ‘The school continues, under its new leadership, to heavily involve its pupils in effective dialogue and change.

‘The children continue to have an input into their curriculum which has so many advantages.’

The Inclusion Quality Mark required the staff to undertake a rigorous self-audit and prepare an action plan of areas upon which the school could improve.

Inclusion manager Emma Huxham introduced a number of changes including a new Inclusion Policy, a new Facebook page, updated Twitter accounts, a refurbishment and re-imagining of the mobile classroom as an area for nurture-style provision, continued involvement in community projects, the opening of their first school library, and a commitment to bring its vision for education to life.

Head teacher Maxim Kelly said: ‘I am delighted that her many contributions towards this Award have resulted in success for our school.

‘Not only did Dhoon School meet the requirements for the Inclusion Quality Mark for which it had offered itself for assessment, but the quality of the school was deemed such that it could be awarded “Centre of Excellence” status too - a welcome surprise and a further endorsement of the quality of the school.’

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