Malcolm Sargent Primary School in Stamford celebrates winning gold award for science

Teacher Nina Spilsbury with pupils, clockwise from front left, Rebekah Haworth, Joe Spurdens, Archie Wallace, and Mansell Harvey, all seven       Photo; SM160511- 026js
Teacher Nina Spilsbury with pupils, clockwise from front left, Rebekah Haworth, Joe Spurdens, Archie Wallace, and Mansell Harvey, all seven Photo; SM160511- 026js

A PRIMARY school is celebrating after winning has won a prestigious gold award for science.

Head of science Nina Spilsbury led Malcolm Sargent School’s bid for a Primary Science Quality Mark, which aims to improve science teaching and attainment in primary schools.

Nina, who has taught at the school in Stamford for 10 years, originally intended to go for a bronze award, then plumped for silver but was finally persuaded to go for gold in an effort involving the whole school rather than just her own class.

Lincolnshire County Council provided finance for the bid and Nina undertook training at York University which she shared with fellow teachers.

She said the school had to develop an action plan in order to attain the award and the children had been involved in all kinds of scientific projects, from writing poetry on plates, creating an outdoor classroom, making a mini-beast hotel and learning about gravity and electricity.

She will be travelling to York with headteacher Tristan Revell next week to receive the award.

Gold status will last for three years.

As part of the same scheme, the school also receives an Enthuse Award of £10,000. which it will share with other schools in developing science.

“The money is provided by big companies, such as BP and Rolls Royce, and is administered by The Wellcome Trust and the Department of Education,” she said.

The school will hold a Science Week from June 6 to10.