Embley Prep School has been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) GILT Award, a national accolade that celebrates a school’s commitment to excellence in teaching and learning the sciences. PSQM is recognised by Ofsted, the Royal Society and the CBI as having a positive impact on pupils’ performance, engagement and enjoyment of the subject.
‘We are incredibly proud to receive this award. It follows a rigorous process during which we have been assessed in accordance with 13 criteria relating to leadership, teaching, learning and how science links into our whole school curriculum,’ said Mr Bown, head of prep school science. ‘Our pupils are full of enthusiasm for the subject and are inspired both by the scientists they meet as well as their own scientific exploration.’
Embley Prep’s science curriculum incorporates a wide range of initiatives to provide fun and engaging science at every level, from the dedicated ‘Science Week’, ‘Space Week’, ‘Science Fair’, ‘lunch with a scientist’ series and lectures from astrophysicists, geologists and sports scientists, to trips to IBM and the London Science Museum. Embley’s pupils explore, learn and think critically on how science affects their everyday lives.
‘Gaining a Primary Science Quality Mark is a significant achievement for a school,’ commented PSQM’s national director, Jane Turner. ‘The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure scientific understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.’
The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust.
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