West Swindon primary school wins national accolade for boosting literacy skills and self esteem

By Ben Fitzgerald - 25 November 2016


Oliver Tomkins Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School has secured a national award for its work to boost the resilience, well-being and self-esteem of all pupils.

The Quality Mark Award,developed by education charity Achievement for All, which offers support programmes to schools, was given to the school in mid-November in recognition of the work to improve progress in reading, writing and maths for pupils.

Headteacher Rhian Cockwell said: “AFA has enabled us to strengthen the impact we have on all children using a variety of strategies and approaches.  Developing a school champion has ensured a ‘joined-up’ approach to support  learners by maintaining good communication between all.

“We were especially pleased to have recognition for our nurture programmes and that this was seen as a real strength in Oliver Tomkins with resources well deployed to effectively support children. It also identified the number of out of hours clubs that are provided in a targeted way to support children’s learning and that the children spoke particularly fondly of Homework and Reading clubs.”

Achievement for All works closely with parents, carers, teachers and the individual child to secure the best outcome and attainment for their students through personalised and specific targets. The unique programmes are delivered directly to schools and settings via a highly skilled and trained team of expert coaches and specialist online support tool called The Bubble.

Schools are assessed for the Quality Mark Award within the second year of the Schools Programme. The award focuses on a variety of categories such as strategic planning, quality of teaching and learning, effective use of interventions, pupil progress and community relationships.

Kim Mole, Deputy Regional Lead at Achievement for All, commented: “We are thrilled to present Oliver Tomkins with this much deserved award. They have shown a high quality of leadership and teamwork, The quality and standard of children’s work in terms of content and presentation was of a consistently high standard across the school.

“Children were obviously and rightly proud of their work. Achievement for All believes that every child can progress, and through our programmes we hope to enable every child to be the best that they can be. “Huge congratulations to teachers, parents, carers and children at Oliver Tomkins for all their hard work.”


Pictured below, in mid-November Swindon Link magazine visited the Oliver Tomkins News Club run by Rev Clive Deverill to help boost reading and writing by explaining how magazines and newspapers are put together

oliver tomkins school, west Swindon

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