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




Eco School


We are an ECO – School. We were the first infant school in Hertfordshire to achieve Green Flag status in 2008. 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.



Global Goals


In 2015, leaders from the 193 countries of the United Nations met to discuss the world’s problems and agreed on a plan to tackle them by the year 2030. They named this plan the Sustainable Development Goals — commonly known as the Global Goals. The Global Goals are the most ambitious agreement that world leaders have ever made. They cover everything from health and education to peace and justice. At Woolenwick Infant and Nursery School we promote use of the Sustainable Development Goals in learning so that children can contribute to a better future for all. From citizenship and justice to climate change and the environment. We are inspired by Climate Change activist Greta Thunberg "No one is too small to make a difference".


In September 2019 Jade Nicholls visited Nepal as part of the British Council 'Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning' project to meet the teacher from our link school and discuss how we can work together to inspire and teach children about the Global Goals. We have achieved the Connecting Classrooms through Global learning award.



RSPB and BBC Partnerships


We have developed partnerships with the RSPB and BBC.



Hertfordshire Quality Standards


We have achieved the Hertfordshire Quality Standards award which celebrates the quality of our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS.) At Woolenwick we embed a culture of self -evaluation and continual improvement. We were first awarded this in 2008 and have continued to achieve this since.



Inclusion Quality Mark


We are an 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 and belief should be respected. We have been an IQM Centre of Excellence since 2017. In recognition of our commitment and outreach work we have been awarded the highest accolade of Flagship School award.



Artsmark Platinum Award


At Woolenwick and Infant and Nursery School we began our Artsmark journey in 2009 we achieved Gold and we have continued to build on our success. In 2021 we achieved 'PLATINUM' in recognition of our commitment of Arts and Cultural education. This prestigious award is in recognition of the rich arts and cultural opportunities we offer the children in school as well as our effective networking practice and impactful outreach work.


The assessor commented: ‘Children at Woolenwick Infant and Nursery School receive an arts-rich education that prioritises their agency and creativity through your Emilio Reggio based pedagogy which clearly links arts and culture to wider learning opportunities for children.’ We strive for excellence and innovation for ensuring positive and inclusive learning experiences for our children and families and beyond. We pride ourselves on our children's continuous access to a range of Arts and cultural experiences that stretch their knowledge, skills and understanding. Our strong partnership with the Royal Opera House Bridge has strengthened our Outreach work.



Creative Partnerships


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.’



Herts Creation


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. 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.



Stevenage Sporting Futures


Woolenwick is proud to be part of the Stevenage Sporting Futures Team which enables us to provide many sporting opportunities for the benefit of our pupils and community. The children participate in interschool competitions and have achieved sporting excellence and awards. We train sporting apprentices in partnership with Sporting Futures.





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.


We have also been accredited with the Key Stage 1 Gold Mark annually since 2008.



Guinness World Records


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 Network group in the U.K. Our educators regularly participate in study tours to see practice in Italy as well as having ongoing professional development opportunities including visiting schools within the UK whose practice is influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach. This influences the way we develop the curriculum. We deliver and contribute to the Sightlines Network training offer.



Literacy Action


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.



Quality Mark


Quality Mark is an internationally acknowledged accreditation supporting and recognising improving standards in the provision, practice and performance of English and mathematics, and providing evidence of high-quality education. We were first awarded this mark in 2003 and have continued to achieve this since .



University of Hertfordshire


We are currently working in partnership with Centre for STEM Education at the University of Hertfordshire, to deliver Primary CPD. The Science leader is an SLE and STEM facilitator.


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’ ,‘Enhancing Children’s Progress.’ and 'Science through Stories'



University of Bedfordshire


The school works in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire. Student teachers are placed with us as part of their training.



Healthy Schools


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. We have partnered with the Living Streets Charity to deliver the Walk Once a Week (WOW) initiative to encourage environmentally friendly modes of travel, walking and safer routes to school



Leading Aspect Award


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 commitment 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.



Royal Opera House


We have strong links with the Royal Opera House Bridge . Our school lead the Stevenage Creative Network. The Inclusion Leader and Headteacher have undertaken the Leaders for Impact development training with the ROHB. The Inclusion Leader is a Specialist Leader in Cultural Education (SLICE).




Arts Council


Our school is a registered centre for Arts Awards Accreditation. Two members of our staff are trained advisors.




TES Awards


We are delighted that our school has been shortlisted by the prestigious TES AWARDS since 2018. The TES school Awards celebrate extraordinary commitment, quality and innovation across the U.K.

We have been shortlisted for; Early years setting of the year, Creative school of the year and Sustainable schools award.




TES Awards


Winner - Early Years Setting of the Year 2022








A Moment in Time


We are delighted that the collaborative community project ‘A Moment in Time’ led by Christina Anderson, Inclusion Leader has been shortlisted by the prestigious TES AWARDS.

This history and photography project involved 24 schools and family centres across Stevenage marking the end of a year of celebrations for the 70th year of Stevenage as a new town.


Congratulations to all the Stevenage schools and Family Centres who participated in this collaborative project. It is a wonderful achievement and we are very proud to have been a part of it. This is true recognition of the amazing learning opportunities we provide by working together for the children of Stevenage.



Pearson National Teaching Awards


We have been highly commended in the 2021 Pearson National Teaching Awards for impact through partnership. We have been awarded certificates of excellence for:


The 2021 Award for making a difference - Primary School of the year and the 2021 Lockdown Hero Award for learner and community support.



Primary School Quality Mark


Our long term commitment to excellence in Science education has been recognised with the prestigious PSQM Outreach Award. We work closely with Univeristy of Hertfordshire and deliver CPD.


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