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Stowlawn Primary scoops Excellence in Pupil Development award

A Wolverhampton primary school has secured the prestigious Excellence in Pupil Development award, demonstrating that it puts the development of its children at the heart of school life.

The award was presented to Stowlawn Primary School by Optimus Education, in recognition of its focus on developing its pupils' personal attributes and attitudes, such as self-confidence, resilience and self-discipline.

Stowlawn Headteacher Kate Charles said: "At Stowlawn, our curriculum promotes and values learning of all subjects, but we also strive to develop opportunities both within and outside of the normal school curriculum for children to excel in personal and character development. Our Stowlawn Six Values of being kind, ambitious, honest. independent, resilient and creative underpins this.

"Assistant Headteacher Sarah Green led the Excellence in Pupil Development award, and our final assessment recognises that personal development opportunities are not just at surface level but embedded within all of our policy and practice.

"In turn, increasing personal development skills allows children to take ownership of their own learning, promoting aspects such as self-regulation, concentration and leadership.

"The award also celebrates the partnership we have with our parents and governors to support the provision of these opportunities for all children.

"We believe we are the first school in Wolverhampton to gain this award, so we are very proud of this achievement. Most importantly, this award recognises the opportunities we give to our children to equip them to be happy and confident learners and ambitious for their own futures."

Councillor Chris Burden, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Work, said: "I am delighted that Stowlawn Primary School has achieved the Excellence in Pupil Development award, demonstrating that it is not only preparing its children for the future academically, but in so many other ways too."

The Excellence in Pupil Development award offers schools a structured framework to evaluate and enrich their pastoral curriculum, supporting them in developing pupils' personal attributes and attitudes. With a focus on involving local and national organisations, it helps prepare pupils for life in modern Britain.

Left to right, back, Teacher Ryan Pitt-Woodcock, Councillor Chris Burden, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Work, and Sarah Green, Assistant Headteacher, celebrate with pupils after Stowlawn Primary School was awarded the Excellence in Pupil Development award.


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