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Yew Tree Primary Academy celebrates award -winning year of excellence

by Guy Murphy

A local primary school in Knowsley is celebrating another big year of achievement and award success.

Ofsted rating

In January, Yew Tree Primary Academy in Halewood received a GOOD Ofsted judgment in all areas of the framework. Inspectors commented that it is a harmonious school where pupils feel happy, safe, and respect each other and staff.

The school was also praised for its ambitious curriculum that is delivered by specialist staff. Inspectors also noted how positively children respond to the strategies implemented by the school to support learning.

Inclusion Quality Mark

Back in September, the school was awarded Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) Flagship Status for the fourth year in a row.

IQM is a nationally recognised framework that helps guide schools to ensure they are inclusive learning environments and provide equally opportunities.

Assessors described Yew Tree Primary Academy as an outstanding school with care, nurture and support at the heart of its approach to inclusion.

Bronze Attachment and Trauma Sensitive School Award

In recognition of the school’s commitment to developing a culture of compassion and nurture, Yew Tree Primary Academy has been awarded the Bronze Attachment and Trauma Sensitive School Award.

Accredited by Jennifer Nock Training and Consultancy, the award aims to provide a framework of support and understanding for schools to support children and young people who have experienced adversity and assist in helping them to heal, thrive, play and learn.

The Knowsley Education Awards

In November, the school took home the Award for Inclusion and Diversity at the Knowsley Education Awards held in the Shakespeare North Playhouse. Yew Tree Primary Academy was also named runner-up for Knowsley’s Primary School of the Year.

Becky O’Hanlon, Yew Tree Primary Academy Principal, said: “It’s been a very special year for all of us at Yew Tree, and I am extremely proud of the whole school community who work tirelessly and collaboratively to ensure success for all through our school values – DREAMBIG to achieve Excellence for All.”

“We are delighted to share our success alongside our whole school community and partners in Wade Deacon Trust and Knowsley Council.”

Juliet Brown, Lead Primary Principal, Wade Deacon Trust, said: “As a Trust we are delighted by the continued success of the school , including the school’s most recent Ofsted judgement. We are in no doubt that the school will continue to grow from strength to strength.”

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “I would like to congratulate Yew Tree Primary Academy on what has been a very successful year and demonstrates the school’s commitment to creating a learning environment where every child can succeed.”