Preston school is on the fast track to excellence

The Eldon School council is proud of  the inclusion policy

The Eldon School council is proud of the inclusion policy

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AN inner city school is so good it is being “fast tracked” to become a centre of excellence.

Eldon Primary in Preston’s Plungington area is set to share it’s good practices with other schools.

The school just received Inclusion Quality Mark status following an external validation.

However, inspectors were so impressed with the work was doing they are leap -frogging the usual protocol by three years.

Deputy headteacher James Moss said: “ They came and did an inspection and as a result have given us the highest possible award - because they said they were so impressed.”

He added: “ They were so pleased with what they saw that they have asked for a special dispensation so that we can share our good practices with our neighbouring schools.

Usually you have to re-apply and hold the award for three years before you can become a centre of excellence, but we are being fast-tracked so we can start work straight away.”

Mr Moss said inclusion “underpins the whole philosophy” of the school’s ethos.

Every policy is designed to ensure that everyone from staff, pupils, parents, governors and the local community play a key part the school life.

The school council plays a leading role in putting pupils views forward and nominates it own head boy and girl.

Over the past five years the number of pupils at the school has nearly trebled from 90 to around 250.

Money has also been spent on improving facilities, including state-of-the art play areas and a nursery.

Head boy and girl Ben Newton and Farah Allibhaye s said pupils were proud of the fact the school has won the award and they can’t wait to get involved with helping other schools.

Ben said: “I am pleased we won the award because the teachers are brilliant and we do a lot in school with parents.

“They help us raise money for charity by doing fun events and the parents even run some of our after-school clubs.”

Farah added: “All the visitors we have are inspiring.

“We have had the PNE captain, Scott Fitzgerald, the Manchester Giants, inventors, actors, circus performers and loads more.

“It makes me think about my future and the jobs I could do.”