Our Awards

Arts Mark Award

arts council logoWe are delighted to have received this award for our achievement and success in the arts subjects over the past academic year. We strive to ensure that the children in our school enjoy a vast and rich experience in art, music, dance and drama. We always involve parents in major events surrounding the arts such as Christmas crafts, The Gateshead Dance Festival and school performances and look forward to continue to work alongside the children in such enjoyable activities.

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Anti-Bullying Award

Award logo 2014 BIGAt Parkhead we thrive on ensuring our children feel safe and secure and bullying of any nature is recognised and acted upon quickly. We work to ensure that every child can fulfil their potential without fear of being bullied. As recognition for our commitment to anti-bullying and demonstration that we take inclusion seriously we are thrilled to have achieved the BIG award. The Bullying Intervention Group run a national award scheme to recognise excellence in bullying intervention. They have provided us with staff training, anti-bullying roadshows and individual pupil support as well as peer training.

science markPrimary Science Quality Mark

We are particularly pleased to have achieved this award, as we do aim to provide the children with a rich variety of real life scientific experiences throughout the school. In addition we aim to involve parents and supporting their children in being experimenters and inventors both through their topic home learning and Family Science Events.

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Healthy-School-LogoHealthy School Award

We have maintained this award status for over 5 years as we feel that it is essential to the needs and requirements of all children at Parkhead.

What is Healthy Schools?

Healthy Schools is a National Health Promotion Programme which aims to embed good practice around health issues in schools and to give children and young people the best possible opportunity to develop positive health behaviours. It does this by developing a “whole school approach” which involves all school stakeholders.

What is covered in Healthy Schools?

In order to achieve Healthy Schools Status schools have to meet standards in four core areas:

  • Healthy Eating
  • Physical Activity
  • Emotional Health and Wellbeing (including bullying)
  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) (including sex and substance misuse education).

These standards are constantly reviewed to maintain the Healthy School status.

To achieve this we have to work in depth on two priority areas; one school and one local these have been selected as a result of a needs assessment from available data.

FMSIS_LOGOFinancial Management Standard in Schools

The purpose of FMSiS is to make the best use of resources in the education system and to achieve the best possible outcome for children.


The Standard and the supporting toolkit are designed to allow schools to take better informed decisions about the allocation of resources (that is time and money) at school level, supported by better information, planning and management.

What does the Standard include?

The Financial Management Standard itself is a simple statement of what a school that is managed well financially would look like. Good practice in a school, which meets the Standard, can be analysed under five headings as follows:

  • Leadership and Governance – good financial management requires clear leadership and effective governance
  • People Management – the staff who are responsible for financial management must be well trained and ably led
  • Policy and Strategy – resources are deployed carefully to ensure the school meets its objectives, achieves Best Value, and undertakes activities that it can afford
  • Partnerships and Resources – the school uses its resources efficiently and effectively, and seeks to access additional resources through partnerships and other arrangements
  • Processes – financial management includes effective processes for budgeting, monitoring, control and reporting to ensure that financial plans are achieved, loss and waste are minimal, and that safeguards against fraudulent practice are robust.