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Educational accreditations are a type of quality assurance process under which service and operations of educational institutions or programs are evaluated by an external body to determine if applicable standards are met.  If standards are met, accredited status is granted by the appropriate agency.

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In July 2021, we received written notification that we have been successfully awarded the AfPE Quality Mark for the second time.  This work was led by Miss McDermott and the panel recognised the following in particular:

  • 'The opportunities provided for children to continue with their physical education and physical activity during the Covid – 19 lockdowns was impressive. The virtual lessons provided were very well attended and had a big impact on the children’s physical and mental health.
  • During the last 3 years all teachers have developed a passion for teaching Physical Education. The good teaching has ensured that Physical Education, Physical Activity and School Sport have a good impact on whole school development'.

In July 2021, we received written notification that we have been successfully awarded the Gold RE Quality Mark for ‘for embedding excellent, creative and innovative RE practice throughout the school and for recognition as outstanding in the wider

Community’. You may remember that in July 2019 we achieved the Bronze Award and since then Mrs McShane as RE Lead has managed staff and children in achieving the Gold status just two years later.  The assessor feedback can be seen on the school website.Well done everyone on this achievement, particularly given how challenging the last two academic years have been.  

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Many of you may recall that we achieved the Quality Mark for History Gold Award in December 2017 and this accreditation lasts 3 years.  As a result of Covid 19 last year, all accreditations with the national Historical Association were delayed.  However, I am thrilled to inform you that Miss Clayton has been leading the school through this again this year and yesterday we learned that the external assessor has concluded that, ‘History at Callands continues to be assessed at Gold standard overall’.  You can read this report in full on the Accreditations tab of our school website.  As highlighted by the assessor, ‘Even with the constraints of Covid, history teaching at Callands continues to be strong, with varied approaches being utilised’.  This makes this award even more meaningful this time.  Well done to Miss Clayton for leading this piece of work, all the staff for their continued hard (and more importantly successful) work and all children for responding so positively to their teachers.  I am proud of you all. (June 2021)

In Septemer 2020, we were successful in achieving the Silver Primary Geography Quality Mark.  This underpinned our committment to improving Geography further, given we were previously awarded the Bronze award.  Mr Kirk has led us in this work and he has already started to take us on the journey toward the Gold Award.  Well done everyone for the hard work in achieving this.

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In July 2020, Miss McDermott, PE Lead, received confirmation that Callands Community Primary School has achieved the 2019-2020 School Games Virtual Certificate for support, commitment and engagement in School Games Virtual Programmes during the summer term. Well done children and staff.

In March 2020, we were awarded the Equalities Gold Award.  Mrs Brinkworth has worked incredibly hard to lead this.  We have received the following from the Head of Strategy and Development at Equaliteach,

'Well done on all of your hard work towards completing your portfolio of evidence, which shows the exemplary equality and diversity work you are doing at Callands Primary School. Your Gold Equalities Award lasts for three years'.

'Equality, diversity and inclusion are vital to an education setting’s success. Actively promoting equality allows schools to create a safe, supportive environment; improve attendance, attainment, behaviour and safety'.


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In September 2019, we were awarded the Design and Technology Mark by the DT Association.  After just one year at our school, Mrs Westwood has led us in achiving this accreditation with lots of hard work.  'We were impressed with your final submission, and the quality of the design and technology taking place at your school'.  Ryan Ball, their Curriculum Trainer will present this award in assembly on 7 November in school.   Mrs Westwood has also been asked to write an article for the DT Association about the work we do in school.  Well done everyone.


 In July 2019 we were awarded the 360 degree Online Safety Mark.  An Assessor from the South West Grid for Learning recently visited  to review the school’s online safety provision. The Assessor met school staff, parents and carers, Governors and pupils  and was  pleased to find that the school provides a high level of protection for users of digital technologies.  The South West Grid for Learning Trust provides the internet connection and a range of other services to schools across the SW region and, as the lead partner in the UK Safer Internet Centre, is in the forefront of national and international developments in online safety.  To enhance these services, they have developed a tool to help schools address online safety issues, not least the changes to Ofsted inspections, which include a stronger focus on safeguarding. The online tool allows schools to evaluate their online safety policy and practice and then suggests how the school might do more to protect young people and staff.  To apply for the 360 degree safe Online Safety Mark, schools have to reach a series of benchmark levels when they complete the online self review. The evidence is then verified by a visit from experienced Assessors.  The prime benefit of using the review and applying for the Online Safety Mark is that it does not focus on the individual aspects of online safety such as technological solutions, but instead it integrates online safety into school policy and the curriculum, challenging teachers and leaders in the school to think about their provision and its continual evolution.  Schools are expected to show that they have provided a high standard of online safety education and awareness for all staff , pupils and also for parents and carers, to ensure that these users of digital technologies can be safe online – whether they are in school, in their homes or out and about using mobile devices.  Well done to Mrs Williams who led this work.

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 In July 2019 we were awarded the RE Quality Mark - status Bronze.  The REQM recognises high quality RE, particularly those schools which are providing their learners with authentic experiences and contributing to whole school outcomes. RE makes a powerful contribution to young people’s learning. It provides them with the chance to explore the big ideas of religion and belief and to think about what matters in their own lives.  Good RE supports the development of the whole child. It also has a significant contribution to make to whole school improvement. With the renewed focus from Ofsted on the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development for all pupils, it is more important than ever that RE is recognised and celebrated.  The RE Quality Mark has two purposes: it recognises good practice in RE and also provides a powerful tool for development. Mrs McShane has led this work - well done.


 In July 2019 we were awarded the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health in Schools Mental Health Award - Silver Status. The Department for Education recognises the direct link between positive mental health in schools and successful educational outcomes; the Mental Health Award for Schools builds on this link and provides a framework for educational institutions to evidence policies and initiatives that work towards improving emotional health and wellbeing for both staff and pupils.  Well done everyone but particulalry Mrs Brinkworth.

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In February 2019, we were awarded the Gold Wise Up Schools Award. 

The ‘Wise Up’ initiative is led by the Warrington Hate Crime and Incident Partnership Board, supported by Warrington Borough Council and Cheshire Police. The scheme was launched in 2014 to promote awareness of hate crime in schools and to reward actions to combat bullying and hate crime.

Wise Up is an annual awards scheme that looks to recognise and celebrate the excellent work that Warrington schools are doing to tackle the issues of bullying and hate crime. To be part of the Wise Up Awards, school councils are invited to submit a completed questionnaire that invites them to share the work they are doing. Schools are then invited to attend the Wise Up Awards Ceremony where they are presented with Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze Awards. Platinum and Gold awards are presented to schools which demonstrated outstanding practice.

All the schools who enter demonstrate they understand the importance of creating a safe environment in their school, where children can be free of bullying, especially those who may have a disability, be from another ethnic background or religion, have a different sexual orientation (LGB) or were transgender or gender non-conforming.