TV historian Dan Snow helped celebrate the recent past successes of a Hampshire education trust.
The well-known academic, who lives in the New Forest, helped to say thank you to the dedicated staff across the Trust who go the extra mile every day to inspire hundreds of children in Southampton and on the Waterside.
Dan was the special guest of honour at the Inspire Learning Partnership’s Extra Mile Awards ceremony, celebrating teachers and support staff who embody the Trust’s values of ‘Innovation’, ‘Nurture’, ‘Success’, ‘Passion’, ‘Integrity’, ‘Responsibility’ and ‘Excellence’.
This night of celebration was also an opportunity for the trust to reflect on a very successful year, which has seen great feedback from Ofsted and a rise in attainment results.
CEO and Executive Principal, Claire Lowe, said: “We were delighted that Dan Snow was able to present our Extra Mile awards.
“As a Trust our motto is ‘transforming lives, building futures’, and that applies as much to our staff as it does to our children.
“If staff feel valued, they are making a difference and return home at the end of the day feeling fulfilled in their work; this results in positive learning environments where children can learn and fly high.”
The overall INSPIRE Award 2019 went to Mandy Hooper, Inspire Learning Partnership Associate Principal.
Other winners on the night included early years’ practitioner Rachel Drew of Blackfield Nursery who won the Innovation Award and scooping the Nurture award was vice principal Katie O’Grady of Kanes Hill Primary School.
Teacher Samantha Clarkson of Kanes Hill Primary School won the Success award and teacher Johnathan Upfold of Hightown Primary received the Passion award.
The winner of the Integrity award was administration officer Karen Gregory of Blackfield Primary School and picking up the Responsibility award was finance and payroll officer Emma Browning of the Inspire Learning Partnership Central Team.
And finally, teacher Debbie Osman of Fawley Infant School won the Excellence award.
Inspire grew from two schools and a nursery to four schools and a nursery in May 2018, when Hightown and Kanes Hill joined the trust.
In a short time of joining Inspire, Hightown Primary moved from Requiring Improvement to being a Good Ofsted-rated school.
The Ofsted inspector said: “Leaders have received highly effective support from the Trust’s Executive Principal. Working together, they have focused on improving teaching as a priority, doing so with determination and vigour.”
Similarly, following an inspection at Kanes Hill Primary a few months later, Ofsted also praised the trust for embedding improvements and “bringing much-needed clarity and vision” to the school.
Last year also saw schools across the trust achieve above national average Key Stage 2 SATs results.
Hightown Primary saw its pass rate in Reading and Maths double on the previous year and at Fawley Infant100% of children passed the phonics test.
Blackfield Primary saw a greater percentage of pupils achieve expected standards and greater depth in grammar, punctuation and spelling.
And attainment in all core subjects at Kanes Hill was well above the national average and the reading progress of Year 6 pupils was the best it has been for three years.
Claire Lowe added: “We are a partnership that is led and managed by primary school specialists with a wide range of experience; this combined experience is already impacting on continuous improvement in all our schools and we look forward to celebrating even more successes over the coming year.”
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