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Top mark for science lessons

Kanes Hill Primary School in Southampton has received a glowing accolade for the quality of its science lessons.

The school in Thornhill, part of Inspire Learning Partnership, has been awarded a Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) for commitment to excellence in science leadership, teaching and learning.

Steve James is the science leader at the school, which was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted earlier this year.

He said: “The development of a knowledge-driven, enquiry-led science curriculum across the school has been phenomenal and it is truly a privilege to be part of the Kanes Hill team.”

“To be awarded the PSQM GILT award in acknowledgement of this transformative journey is a huge accolade and we are grateful to those that have partnered with us to make it possible.”

In a feedback report, PSQM stated: “Children have been consistently able to learn science in a practical and enquiring way.

“There is clear evidence that children are exposed to a full range of enquiry-led learning activities and that they are encouraged to question and find ways to solve problems.”

It also stated that “Ofsted and senior leaders have commented favourably on the science offer the school provided children”.

Since the launch 13 years ago, 5,000-plus PSQMs have been awarded, “creating a solid foundation of quality science education” for more than one million children in the UK.

Lisa Marshall, Executive Principal of Kanes Hill Primary School and St Monica Primary School in nearby Sholing, said: "PSQM’s mission is to transform lives by improving science education for pupils and teachers and to receive its seal of independent approval means a lot.

“Science education helps our children develop ideas, critical thinking, logic and problem solving whilst blending numeracy and literacy. These skills are useful not only throughout school but in the future world of work as well.

“It was also lovely to hear in the review report that our science leadership team ‘energetically sought out highly engaging science-related experiences for children’.

“We have worked hard to raise the profile of science, that the subject is engaging, informative and valued, and the PSQM award recognises that.

“This is our second accolade this year, following Ofsted’s glowing report, and we will not rest on our laurels because our children deserve the best classroom experiences that can be had.”

PSQM is led by the University of Hertfordshire.

Helen Sizer, PSQM Co-Director, said: “By enabling effective science leadership, PSQM is powering the potential of all children to see the relevance and importance of science in their lives, now and in the future.

“Schools that have achieved a Primary Science Quality Mark have demonstrated a significant commitment to science leadership, teaching and learning and the profile and quality of science in each accredited school is very high.

“Science subject leaders, their colleagues, headteachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”

Joining the Inspire Learning Partnership in June 2019, Kanes Hill Primary School scored the ‘Good’ Ofsted rating, with ‘Good’ achieved in four out of five categories and an ‘Outstanding’ in personal development.

The school, with 387 children at the time of the inspection, was previously graded ‘Requires Improvement’.

Separately, an open events day for September 2024’s reception year intake at Kanes Hill Primary School takes place on Tuesday, 10 October – booking details https://khps.ilpartnership.org/