The Baird makes history winning top national award

The Baird Primary Academy school has made history by winning a prestigious education award for the first time.

Part of the University of Brighton Academies Trust, the Hastings school was presented with the prestigious Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award for its outstanding nurturing environment and inclusive provision – the award was handed over last week by local MP Amber Rudd.

It is the first time a school in Hastings has received the award and only the second occasion that a school in East Sussex has achieved it.

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Local MP Amber Rudd spent time at the school listening to teachers and pupils and getting involved in some of the activities.

The accolade is awarded by national charity Nurture UK to schools that demonstrate outstanding practice in supporting a range of pupil needs in their school nurture groups. Nurture groups are in-school, teacher-led groups that help children overcome barriers in their social and emotional learning to enable them to thrive.

Ms Rudd said: “I am delighted that The Baird’s good work has been recognised.

“It is the first time a school in Hastings has achieved this award and demonstrates the care and commitment of a school that encourages our children to aspire to and achieve success. High quality, nurturing relationships enable confident learning.”

Since the inception of the award scheme in 2007 only around 100 schools across the UK have achieved this recognition of elevated standards of trust, acceptance and self-value that help pupils meet the social and intellectual demands of school life.

Carly Welch, Principal of the Baird Primary Academy said: “Being presented with the Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award is a significant recognition of the hard work, dedication and determination of both staff and pupils at The Baird. We are extremely proud of this achievement and the difference that our fantastic nurture provision makes to pupils across the academy.”

Nurtureuk Chief Executive Kevin Kibble said: “The Baird Primary Academy has evidenced its success in running an outstanding Nurture Group, and the beneficiaries of their hard work every day are the children attending the school, their families and the wider community. Our standards to achieve this award are exacting and many congratulations are due to the staff and pupils at the school for all their hard work.”

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