Hemlington Hall Academy in Middlesbrough has successfully gained the Primary Science Quality Mark Silver, which celebrates a commitment to excellence in the subject’s teaching and learning.  

The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. It is supported by the Royal Society for Chemistry, the Ogden Trust and the Association for Science Education.

Karen Edmenson, Head Teacher at Hemlington Hall, said: “We aim to provide the best possible curriculum opportunities to nurture our pupils towards reaching their full potential and ensuring the years they spend with our school are happy and successful, so it is always extremely rewarding when the commitment of staff is recognised.”

Jane Turner, PSQM national director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school.  The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high.

“Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure science understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”

The Primary School Quality Mark scheme enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. Since its national launch in 2010, over 2500 schools across the UK have achieved the award.

Hemlington Hall Academy is part of Lingfield Education Trust, a multi-academy trust of six schools across the Tees Valley.

To find out more about Hemlington Hall Academy, please visit www.hemlingtonhallacaedmy.co.uk or for more information on the Primary Science Quality Mark, visit www.psqm.org.uk.