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BP Science Award

Silver Science Mark.

Professor Sir John Holman Chem FRSC

Beatrix Potter School
Magdalen Road,
London, SW18 3ER

Dear Headteacher and Sally Palmer,

On behalf of the Royal Society of Chemistry, I would like to congratulate you on being awarded silver level Primary Science Quality Mark. We are proud to have supported your school in this achievement. It is a great testament to the focus and dedication of you and your team, as well as the hard work and enthusiasm of your pupils. If the chemical sciences are to thrive in the future, we need to nurture the next generation of chemists today. That’s why the Royal Society of Chemistry is committed to making sure every child in the UK gets an excellent chemistry education. Last year, our education coordinators engaged with 36,000 teachers, students and advocates around the UK. Our free Learn Chemistry website offers high-quality resources for teachers and students on a wide range of topics, from “solids, liquids and gases” to “desert survival”. There is mounting evidence that primary-age children are already making their minds up about whether or not science is for them, so schools like yours have a particularly important role in inspiring the scientists of tomorrow. I am delighted that you have been recognised for your commitment to raising both outcomes and aspirations in science. The skills, knowledge and curiosity you are instilling in your pupils will give them an excellent foundation to pursue the subject at secondary level and beyond. Once again, my congratulations on gaining this award. I hope it will inspire your school community to continue to develop and deliver inspiring science education.

Yours sincerely,
Professor Sir John Holman

In September Primary Science Quality Awards have been awarded to 347 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning. So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 2500 schools across the UK have achieved the award.

The Primary School Quality Mark scheme enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning. The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. It is supported by the Royal Society for Chemistry, the Ogden Trust and the Association for Science Education.

Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award 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 science understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”