We are very proud of the achievements of our staff and pupils. Here are some of the awards that we have achieved.
In June 2017, Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) carried out a short Ofsted inspection. They were very complimentary about many aspects of the school, including the school’s “clear vision that places the academic, social and emotional needs of pupils at the heart of the school”; the children’s “consistently high standards of behaviour and excellent attitudes to learning”; and the “highly stimulating curriculum that combines academic rigour with access to a range of enriching experiences through the enquiry-based curriculum”.
In 2019, Greenfields was awarded Artsmark Gold by Arts Council England. The assessor commented that “Greenfields has consolidated their strong commitment to the Arts over time by further integrating the Arts within their curriculum and, during their Artsmark journey, ensured that their arts and cultural offer is embedded by developing a whole school creative curriculum map . . .the school has used arts projects to simultaneously teach children about Global Goals to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change.”
Greenfields has been awarded the Basic Skills Quality Mark in four consecutive assessments.
This is in recognition of the whole school strategy to improve performance in English and maths, the quality of teaching and the progress made by all groups of pupils in English and maths. The award also recognises the school’s commitment to improving the skills of staff in the application of English and maths in the school and the involvement of parents and carers in developing their child’s English and maths
The Eco Schools Award is an internationally recognised award for excellence in environmental action and learning. Eco-Schools empower pupils, raise environmental awareness, improve the school environment and also create financial savings for the school.
The Eco-Schools programme provides a unique opportunity that empowers pupils to lead change within their school and have a positive impact in their wider community. The programme encourages pupils of all ages and abilities to work together to develop their knowledge and environmental awareness.
Greenfields was awarded the Primary Geography Quality Mark in 2018 for fostering lively and effective geographical learning to raise the standards of geography teaching and learning for pupils.
Our teachers are not afraid to take risks, innovate and challenge to achieve progress in geography. Key threads through our geography curriculum are intercultural understanding, local fieldwork, environmental issues, critical thinking and sustainability. These are explored through a variety of places across the world from local to global. Our school uses creative approaches to stimulate learning and places high value on using real-life issues to promote understanding.
Greenfields was also awarded the environmental accolade of a Woodland Trust Green Tree School Gold award in 2018 for getting involved in green activities including reducing carbon emissions and recycling. We have also planted new trees in the school grounds, had Forest School sessions and joined in various other Woodland Trust activities.
Greenfields offers a range of opportunities to bring the great outdoors, wildlife and green issues into the classroom. We plan activities to stimulate children’s imagination and sustain their interest in nature.
Our Healthy School Award was re-accredited in 2019, recognising the school’s achievements in supporting the health and wellbeing of our pupils. To achieve the award, school completed the North Tyneside Healthy Schools Review, undertook an analysis of pupils’ needs, and identified new actions to help pupils achieve and maintain good health and wellbeing. We then had to show the impact of the changes we made and that these are sustainable.
Greenfields was awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark in 2019 and asked to become a Centre of Excellence. For the second year running, we have again been awarded this Quality Mark.
The assessor commented “I was particularly impressed by the ‘extra mile’ taken by staff to provide outstanding opportunities for all pupils to develop their skills and interests beyond the formal aspects of the school curriculum . . . In my opinion Greenfields Community Primary School meets all the necessary criteria of an IQM Inclusive school and should receive the award. I would also support the school in applying to be considered as an IQM Centre of Excellence.”
In 2018, Greenfields was awarded the Historical Association Quality Mark Gold award in recognition of the excellence of our history provision. We are very proud to be the first school in the North East to have been awarded the History Quality Mark and to have achieved the Gold standard.
The assessor commented that the school has much to celebrate and has particular strengths, such as our approach to assessment in history.
Greenfields was awarded the International School Award in 2018 by the British Council in recognition of our global work in the classroom. The British Council commented: ‘The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms. Embedding an international dimension in children’s education ensures that they are truly global citizens and helps prepare them for successful lives and careers in an increasingly global economy.’
In 2018, Greenfields was awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark – the only national award scheme to develop and celebrate the quality of science teaching and learning in primary schools.
The assessor commented: “I was delighted that you included children and their ideas at the early stage of bringing science to life. Your calendar of events for the school shows a focus on links with the outside world. Delighted that your appeal for parents also helped with the shared value of science. The calendar also shows your focus on the outdoors. Your SMART week and other events alongside your whole school science principles are clearly driving science forwards.”
Greenfields was awarded the School Games Mark Gold award in 2019 in recognition of:
- Our clear tracking system that monitors young people’s engagement in School Games activity
- More than half of our pupils took part in extra-curricular sport or physical activity in 2018/19.
- Personal Challenge is a clear and key part of our School Games provision, with personal bests awarded in all subject areas.
- School Games activities are well promoted to parents/carers and the local community via the website, newsletters, reflection events and assemblies.