ST VINCENT’S Catholic Primary School is celebrating being awarded the Quality Mark for Science for recognition of the school’s commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.

The award scheme is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust, set up to allow schools to "evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their science provision".

The award is given following a process of self-evaluation. Schools must: audit existing provision in science,

create and implement an action plan to develop all aspects of science teaching and learning and complete a reflective submission with evidence to demonstrate the impact of their leadership.

The school said: "The Primary School Quality Mark scheme has enabled our school to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local scientists. It has encouraged teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning."

The scheme is supported by the Royal Society for Chemistry, the Ogden Trust and the Association for Science Education.

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.”