School receives national award

Driffield Junior School has been awarded the prestigious Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award.
Driffield Junior School has been awarded the prestigious Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award.

A Driffield school has been honoured by a national charity for its work in supporting pupils through a nurturing group.

Driffield Junior School is the first school in the East Riding to be awarded the prestigious Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award by national charity the Nurture Group Network.

The accolade is awarded to schools which demonstrate exemplary practice in supporting a range of pupil needs in nurture groups, which help children to make the most of school and learning.

Nurture groups are teacher led, small classes which remove barriers to learning.

Driffield Junior School’s nurture group teacher, Adele Wilkinson said she is delighted that the school’s achievements have been recognised nationally, only two years after the group was set up.

“Driffield Junior School is the first school in the East Riding to be accredited with this award and I am grateful to the whole school team for the support and hard work that everyone has put in to make this possible. I am extremely proud of the children themselves and the massive amount of progress they have made,” she added.

Headteacher Linda Laird said: “While we are proud of the nurture provision that we can offer at Driffield Junior School we will not be complacent. Through rigorous self-evaluation and continued research into good practice elsewhere, we shall continue to improve our nurture class further in order to remain a beacon of outstanding practice.”

Nurture Group Network chief executive Kevin Kibble said: “Driffield Junior School has evidenced its success in running an outstanding nurture group, and the beneficiaries of their hard work every day are the children attending the school, their families and the wider community.”