Pupils, teachers and parents at a Spalding primary school celebrated receiving a special award by throwing a tea party.
Spalding Parish Church of England Day School has been awarded the Boxall Quality Mark Award for its ‘nurture group’.
The school has been running the full-time group for nearly three years, supporting pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs – currently a high profile topic.
Last July it was assessed for the award and last week Helen Stollery from London-based charity the Nurture Group Network came to present it.
Prior to the award presentation, children in the nurture group entertained parents, carers, governors and professionals with an afternoon tea party to celebrate its success.
Spalding Parish Church of England Day School is the only mainstream primary school in Lincolnshire to have been awarded the Boxall Quality Mark Award.
The award originates from an educational psychologist called Marjorie Boxall, who set up nurture groups in the 1960s. The groups are aimed at supporting pupils who struggle with the demands of school life and may suffer from low self-esteem and self-confidence or who need support to follow classroom rules and expectations.
The group has its own room which provides a nurturing environment in which to provide social group activities, while still teaching the national curriculum.
It is proving very successful and has already supported a large number of children’s social and emotional difficulties.