The ‘outstanding’ school going for national award

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A VILLAGE school has been shortlisted as one of six “outstanding” primary schools up for a national award.

Staff and pupils at Gosberton Primary School must now wait until July to find out whether they can claim the crown for the outstanding primary school of the year in the Times Educational Supplement (TES) School Awards.

The school, which is linked with Park Community primary in Boston under The Phoenix Federation, has also been shortlisted in the outstanding finance team category.

Executive headteacher Carol Clare said: “This is the third time we have been finalists in these awards. To be a finalist in one category once in a school lifetime is an achievement in itself.

“To have succeeded to shortlisting for the third time in a row, in two categories, speaks volumes about the high levels which the schools are operating at. The judges look for evidence of practice over and above that which is the norm and we have clearly met these criteria.”

The school has been selected from a record number of entries sent in from schools across the country.

Among the reasons which made Gosberton stand out to judges is the cultural work the children do in class.

Mrs Clare said: “At Park, the majority of pupils have English as an additional language and because of that we link with Gosberton in multi-cultural work.

“As part of the international primary curriculum and in everything we do we look at it nationally and internationally so children have a sense of the world as it is.”

Mrs Clare said they see it as “their responsibility” to show the children the world around them.

The school has also taken part in foreign teacher exchanges and pupils are about to visit Belgium in a couple of weeks.

The award winners will be announced on July 8.