Award for inclusive schools

Published: Thursday 30th June 16

Chestnut Grove School in Balham and Paddock, a special school in Roehampton, have won first and third place respectively in a national annual award recognising work in promoting inclusivity and the growth of mutual understanding in society.

Chestnut Grove School in Balham and Paddock, a special school in Roehampton, have won first and third place respectively in a national annual award recognising work in promoting inclusivity and the growth of mutual understanding in society.

The Paddock School café

Chair of the judging panel and the Accord Coalition for Inclusive Education, which sponsors the award, Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain MBE, said “It is remarkable for schools in the same area to be recognised in the award at the same time, which has never occurred before. Both schools should be championed and they display exemplary practice for others to follow.”

Chestnut Grove Academy drew widespread praise from the judging panel for providing a variety of activities and teaching that promoted a culture of tolerance and explored, in detail, a range of contentious religious and social issues such as, Islamaphobia, extremism and sexual bullying.

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, added “Some schools shy away from controversial issues or trends, out of a misplaced sense of not trying to offend or disadvantage any particular group of people. Chestnut Grove Academy shows that schools can explore such topics in ways that are challenging and thoughtful.”

Areas of Paddock School’s work that won praise from judges included the launch of a parent training scheme, special effort to build relationships with hard-to-reach families, an emphasis on pupils’ rights and the opening of a school café, open to local residents and providing pupils with work experience.

Chestnut Grove Academy and Paddock School will now receive a prize of £500 and £100 respectively for their success.

 

 

 

 

This article appears in the latest edition of Headstart magazine. Read it online.

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