Award for school’s literacy standards

Germander Park School headteacher Verity Stobart, left, receiving the Excellence in Literacy Quality Mark.
Germander Park School headteacher Verity Stobart, left, receiving the Excellence in Literacy Quality Mark.

A school in Conniburrow is one of the first in the Milton Keynes area to receive a quality mark for its standards of literacy.

Germander Park School has received the Excellence in Literacy Quality Mark, an award for schools that are doing everything they can to improve literacy in the classroom.

Headteacher Verity Stobart said: “We are delighted to have been the first school in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area to have gained this award and believe this strongly supports our vision where in a safe and caring environment everyone is encouraged to have ambition to reach their potential.”

To achieve the award, the school had to submit a self-evaluation document outlining strengths, literacy provision, evidence and areas it is still developing.

They then had a whole day assessment visit by one of the assessors from the Institute of Education International Literacy Centre where she observed sessions went on learning walks with members of the leadership team, carried out a book scrutiny and talked to children and staff.