As a governor of William Reynolds Primary School I was so proud when I found out that the school has been awarded the Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award (QMA) for a third time. They are one of only two other schools to receive accreditation 3 times in the whole country! The nurture group is something which has been vital in ensuring children who are struggling with extreme behaviour difficulties are able to access the curriculum, and do not end up expelled because of mistakes they make in the way they interact with others.
William Reynolds is situated in one of the 10% most deprived wards in the country, and as a result has a very high number of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The school definitely have their fair share of 'troubled' children and it is certainly true that if in other schools these children would struggle to access the support they need. Children are learn very quickly that mistakes are not things which are to be held over you, and to treat everyday as an opportunity to improve on the one before.
Most children join the nursery at well below national average for reading, writing, maths and general development but within months these children are able to thrive. Children coming out the other end of year 6 receive grades on-par, and exceeding those of the national average, and last year what an amazing result with 100% of disadvantaged children making 'at least' 2 levels of progress in reading, 97% in writing, and 97% in maths!
These results are not flukes, and are not to be taken lightly! The amount of work and effort which goes into the teachers, and TA's days are beyond belief. It is something they do without thinking, and often can make it seem effortless. I joined the governing body in September 2014, and still to this day am extremely grateful for the opportunity to support a fantastic school, and witness the true dedication of a teaching team invested in their children's future.
Katie Woodland - A developmental, and holistic psychologist who specialises in educating and empowering individuals, business leaders & school teachers to remove mental health as a barrier to success.