Award for investing in youngsters

CELEBRATION TIME -- pupils William Stevenson, Joe Pearl, Anthony May, Zain Matthews, Carly Bown and Abbey Bonser showing the award outswide the school with the chairman of the governors, Peter Flint, and the corporate director for children's services at Notts County Council, Anthony May -- DISPIC NHUD11-1889-1.

CELEBRATION TIME -- pupils William Stevenson, Joe Pearl, Anthony May, Zain Matthews, Carly Bown and Abbey Bonser showing the award outswide the school with the chairman of the governors, Peter Flint, and the corporate director for children's services at Notts County Council, Anthony May -- DISPIC NHUD11-1889-1.

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A GO-ahead school in Hucknall has achieved prestigious recognition for going the extra mile to provide its youngsters with a more rounded, in-depth education.

Hillside Primary has been awarded Investors In Pupils status.

This is based on the principles of working with children to give them a greater understanding of the way their school works, the responsibilities of staff and even helping them understand the budgets management have to work within.

As part of the process, youngsters are given job descriptions, applications and interviews for such positions as playground monitors.

Head teacher Dot Stenson said: “This is all about looking at the whole child, not just what they learn from a textbook. This is very valuable.

“It is focused on improving attendance, behaviour and a child’s commitment to have a voice and role in school.”

To achieve Investors In Pupils, the school had to go through a lengthy assessment.

Inspectors visited several times and spoke with staff, parents, governors and children

Hillside was able to apply because it already holds a Healthy Schools Gold Award, which recognises a commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle through a good diet and plenty of exercise.

As part of the achievement, Hillside can display the Investors In Pupils logo on its letterheads and will retain the status for three years.”

Mrs Stenson added: “It has been hard and involved a lot of effort, but we are very pleased to get the award.”