September 26, 2016
Garden International School (GIS) is awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) in recognition of its quality of teaching and learning in science.
“I’m delighted that the quality of Science provision at GIS has been officially recognised with this prestigious UK award. The engagement and enthusiasm that our students display is always the clearest indicator of our school’s strong provision in this area, but (in true scientific spirit) we are now able to back that up with further evidence,” said GIS Primary Science Leader Tomas Thurman.
“I’d like to pay tribute to GIS staff for their tireless effort and creativity in bringing Science learning to life; the parent community, who have embraced our collaborative projects and inspired a love of Science learning in their children and of course the students themselves, for always asking ‘What if..?’,” he added.
The Primary School Quality Mark scheme enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning.
The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire School of Education in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. It is supported by the Royal Society for Chemistry, the Ogden Trust and the Association for Science Education.
Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school. 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 science understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”