Geography Quality Mark – Silver
The Primary Geography Quality Mark is seen as a key strategy for raising the quality of geography in primary schools and has been driving school improvement in geography since 2006.
This year more than 60 primary schools have achieved the Geographical Association’s Primary Geography Quality Mark (PGQM) Award.
The Silver level PGQM recognises a school’s commitment to ‘the implementation of whole school approaches that support excellence in geography’. At The Ryde School the curriculum offers opportunities for inter-cultural understanding, local fieldwork, environmental issues and dilemmas connected with sustainability. These are explored in a variety of places across the world from local to global. We offer a creative approach to stimulate learning and we place a high value on using real life issues to promote understanding.
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Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Mark – Gold
Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) is the use of places other than the classroom for teaching and learning.
It is about engaging children with visitors and experiences at school that are practical, inspirational and stimulating. It is about inspiring our adults and sharing our expertise and experiences with others.
At The Ryde School learning outside the classroom is built into planning for all learners, regularly all year round. It is a powerful tool that is proven to raise attainment, bolster social, emotional and personal development and contributes to the health and well-being of children and young people.
The Gold level LOtC recognises a school’s commitment to Learning Outside the Classroom.
‘There is much good work going on in the school, as was recognised in the recent Ofsted inspection, and foundations have been laid for further development of integrated high quality LOtC.’
Healthy Schools Status
The Ryde School has achieved the HfL Healthy Schools, enhanced status award. We are very proud of this award and are working hard to continue to improve the emotional health and wellbeing of the whole school community.
Our assessor said:
‘The Ryde Primary School is once again to be congratulated on the breadth and depth of work that has been undertaken to secure Hertfordshire Healthy Schools Enhanced status and helping each child to enjoy learning in a safe environment and reach their full potential. The school’s commitment to Healthy Schools remains fully embedded in the ethos and vision of the school. The school staff, governors, pupils, parents and carers are to be highly commended for driving this healthy school initiative forward. The Ryde is truly a healthy, caring place to come to school!’
‘All the activities identified by the school in the action plan to support outcomes have been met. The actions undertaken to promote emotional health and wellbeing have been well documented and monitored by staff and governors for impact. The activities carried out were all within the context of a ‘whole school’ approach with positive participation from everyone in the school community. The senior leadership team and governing body ensure that efforts to promote health and wellbeing are valued and embedded across the school. The school has an active and engaging ethos and environment that nurtures children’s wellbeing, both physically and mentally.’
Eco-Schools Green Flag Award
We have been an Eco School since 2007, when we achieved our Bronze Award, followed in 2009 by a Silver Award. Since then we have worked hard to achieve, and maintain, our Green Flag Status, the highest award to achieve. Our latest assessment was very successful, and very complimentary about our school and the opportunities offered to the children. This is the fifth Green Flag Award we have achieved. There are very few schools who have achieved this and shown such consistency and commitment.