Golden delight for Blyth special school

Ian Richardson, of Richardson Education Consultancy, and Rachel Hartley, Science Teacher at The Dales School.
Ian Richardson, of Richardson Education Consultancy, and Rachel Hartley, Science Teacher at The Dales School.
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A school is celebrating a golden success after picking up a top award.

The Dales, in Blyth, is one of just two special educational needs schools nationally to be awarded a gold award from the Primary Science Quality Mark in 2016.

The Primary Science Quality Mark is awarded to schools who have a strong focus towards providing high quality teaching of science.

The scheme enables schools to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts.

The Dales School has been awarded the gold quality mark for its hard work and dedication towards learning.

The award also demonstrates that the pupils within the school are engaging with and developing positive attitudes towards science.

Hugh Steele, head teacher at The Dales said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark gold award, especially as we are one of only two special educational needs schools across the nation to receive this award in 2016.

“To gain this award is a proud achievement for the teachers, pupils and parents within the school.”

Coun Robert Arckless, cabinet member for children’s services at Northumberland County Council, said: “My congratulations go to the Dales School for this fantastic achievement. To receive the Primary Science Quality Mark gold award is a great achievement which highlights the focus placed on the teaching and learning of science within the school.”