Embley Prep School has been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) GILT Award, a national accolade that celebrates a school’s commitment to excellence in Science teaching and learning. PSQM is recognised by Ofsted, the Royal Society and the CBI as having a positive impact on pupils’ performance, their engagement and enjoyment of the subject.
Embley’s Prep School Science curriculum incorporates a wide range of initiatives to provide fun and engaging Science at every level – from Early Years to Key Stage 2 (Year 6). Science is linked to many other subjects including English, Maths and Learning Outside the Classroom and pupils use additional traditional and online resources to help spark their curiosity and encourage informed discussions and debates in the classroom.
From the Prep School’s dedicated Science Week, Space Week, Science Fair, Lunch with a Scientist series and lectures from astrophysicists, geologists and sports scientists, to trips to IBM and the London Science Museum, Embley’s pupils explore, learn and think critically and how Science affects their everyday lives.
Mr Bown, Head of Prep School Science, said “We are incredibly proud to receive this award. It follows a rigorous process during which time we have been assessed in accordance with 13 criteria relating to leadership, teaching, learning and how Science links into our whole school curriculum. Our pupils are full of enthusiasm for the subject, inspired by the many types of Science they explore and the scientists they meet – which help promote an awareness of the different careers in Science that await.”
The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in collaboration with the Primary Science Teaching Trust.
Jane Turner, PSQM National Director, commented: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Mark is a significant achievement for a school. The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure scientific understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”