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AWARDS

 

We are proud of the quality marks and awards that we have received which recognise our hard work and achievements.   

 

We are an ECO – School. We were the first infant school in Hertfordshire to achieve Green Flag status. The future is not just bright for Woolenwick, it’s green! We endeavour to be a sustainable school. We believe our daily actions have a significant impact on our local environment and our world. It has given our children a sense of pride and responsibility in the world in which they live.

 

 

We have developed partnerships with the RSPB and BBC.

 

 

We have achieved the Hertfordshire Quality Standards which celebrates the quality of our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS.) At Woolenwick we embed a culture of self -evaluation and continual improvement.

 

  We are a fully inclusive school. The Inclusion Quality Mark is awarded to schools that create a learning environment which provides the opportunity for all to succeed, raising achievement for all.  At Woolenwick we believe that diversity should be celebrated and individual differences along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs or other ideologies should be accepted and respected.

  It is important to us that we offer a broad and balanced curriculum. We were delighted to have attained the highest ‘GOLD’ standard as recognition for all our work in the visual and performing arts.
 
  Since 2008 the school has participated in a number of Creative Partnership projects in collaboration with the Arts Council. The projects have explored ways of using the arts to support pupils learning. We have been recognised as ‘an Enquiry for Change School.’
 
  We are very proud to be the first school in Hertfordshire to be selected as a ‘Leading School ’for HertsCreation. This is in recognition of our commitment to learning through creative approaches and training for both adults and pupils over a number of years. To find out more click here. We champion the power of the arts to transform the lives of the children at Woolenwick. We recognise that early engagement with the arts has a positive impact on young children: raising aspirations, increasing confidence, developing communication skills, and improving academic performance in class.
 
  In 2011 schools in Stevenage joined together to preserve the good work that had been put in place by the Sports Partnership based at Marriotts School. Woolenwick is proud to be part of the Sporting Futures Team which enables us to provide many sporting opportunities for the benefit of our pupils.
 
  Our ActiveMarks were awarded to recognise our commitment to sport in Stevenage through the partnership scheme. Woolenwick has been involved in this initiative since its launch.
 
  Children from Woolenwick Infant and Nursery school have helped to achieve a Guinness World RecordsTM title for the Most artists working on the same art installation by participating in Face Britain project, The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts. The project marked the Diamond Jubilee.
Every child's self-portrait was included in the montage image of HM The Queen that was projected onto Buckingham Palace and screened digitally nationwide. You can view footage of the projection via The Prince's Foundation for Children & the Arts website The entire collection of uploaded portraits will be stored in perpetuity for the nation by The British Library, thereby providing a lasting legacy and a vibrant snapshot of the 2012 Generation. As such, Woolenwick are part of history in the making.
 
  The school is a member of ‘Sightlines' – the Reggio Emilia Early Years Network group in the U.K. Both the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher have participated a study tour to see practice in Italy. All staff have ongoing professional development opportunities including visiting schools within the UK whose practice is influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach. This is having a major influence on the way we develop the curriculum.
 
  Woolenwick have been recognised for ‘demonstrating innovative and successful approaches to engaging and motivating children to improve their speaking, reading and writing skills.’ The school was recognised for it’s exciting, relevant, skills based curriculum where creativity is at its centre and its continued commitment in working in partnership with parents.
 
  The Basic Skills Quality Mark demonstrates that the school has good procedures in place for making sure that all children, but particularly those with Special Educational Needs, receive the highest quality of teaching in Literacy and Mathematics. We were first awarded this mark in 2003.
 
  The school works in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire. Student teachers are placed with us as part of their training. We have been selected to participate in projects including; ‘Leading Partners in Maths’ and ‘Enhancing Children’s Progress.’
 
  Through the Healthy Schools Initiative we have concentrated our efforts on making the school a safe environment. We are also promoting healthy lifestyles, emotional health and walking to school. We have also achieved Hertfordshire Gold Travel Plan Award.
 
     
LAA  

The Leading Aspect Award is a national award which recognises and celebrates leading practice.

The title of our Leading Aspect Award is, 'Wise Children, Curious Adults.' Woolenwick Infant and Nursery School has been recognised for its leading practice and committment in providing a creative, child-centred curriculum which exploits children's natural curiosity in the world around them. Children take ownership of their learning, direct the path they follow and develop independence.  Staff are actively involved in the learning process with the children, working alongside them as their 'critical thinking companion.' The school has developed a creative curriculum, including in-depth questioning, learning alongside children, developing children's curiosity and following the children's lines of enquiries. The introduction of documenting the learning process has allowed staff to become reflective practitioners through opening a dialogue.
 
Title of your Leading Aspect Award
Wise Children, Curious Adults
Why this is leading practice?
As a staff team, we believe that all children are competent beings, and that we can learn as much from them as they learn from us. Staff are committed to providing a creative, child-centred curriculum which exploits children's natural curiosity in the world around them. Children take ownership of their learning, direct the path they follow and develop independence. Staff are actively involved in the learning process with the children, working alongside them as their 'critical thinking companion.' The school team believe that we never stop learning and staff take part in a wide variety of CPD opportunities.
Rationale / Start Point
The school vision is to provide our children with a skills, enquiry - led curriculum allowing our children to behave and think creatively, giving them the life skills that prepares them for their future lives. Children are encouraged to develop their natural curiosity, ask questions, make links between their learning and develop transferable skills. The school has developed a creative curriculum, including in-depth questioning, learning alongside children, developing children's curiosity and following the children's lines of enquiries. The introduction of documenting the learning process has allowed staff to become reflective practitioners through opening a dialogue

 

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