STAFF and governors at a school in Skelmersdale, have been celebrating receiving two prestigious awards at the start of this academic year.
Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Engineering College has received re-accredited IQM Flagship status, which provides UK schools with a nationally recognised validation of their inclusive practice, and it has also become a Music Mark School.
Our Lady Queen of Peace has been a Flagship School for Inclusion since 2016 and takes a “leading role in sharing its work with other schools.”
For the re-assessment this September the focus was on the extensive work in the school on further developing a fully inclusive curriculum, through which all children are able to succeed, thrive and follow their high aspirations.
The assessor recognised the: “Inclusive curriculum, where a great deal of progress has been made in a relatively short time.”
As part of the most recent curricular developments, work was shared on the whole school curriculum structure.
The new courses are suited to young people of all abilities, new accreditations, flexible ways of approaching alternative provision, and student, staff, parental and governor involvement in creating innovative and flexible curricular opportunities.
In particular, the school has developed its own programme, called ‘Curriculum for Life’, evaluated as ‘a fantastic programme’ by the IQM assessor.
The school has also become a Music Mark School, which is awarded: “In recognition of a commitment to providing a high-quality music education for all children and young people.”
Headteacher Ms Alison Knight congratulated and praised the students and staff: “Students in Our Lady’s are extremely talented and our commitment to an outstanding Arts education is at the heart of the innovative, broad and balanced curriculum offered to all young people in our school.
“As well as an outstanding programme of concerts and shows, we are fully committed to ensuring that Arts subjects continue to be delivered as part of our full curriculum offer.”