• The Award for School of the Year - Making a Difference
  • Benjamin Adlard Primary School
  • Gold Winners
  • 2018
  • Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

Benjamin Adlard Primary School is the central hub for learning and community cohesion in the local area. In an area of significant disadvantage, the school does all it can to amplify the voices of the children and the community it serves, providing an exceptional education i very challenging circumstances.  They offer a free breakfast every morning, employ a full-time family support worker and have special mobility mentors who help new pupils integrate effectively and make rapid progress.

Moving from ‘Special Measures’ to ‘Good’ (the first good judgement the school has ever had) was just the beginning of Benjamin Adlard’s journey – the school team now impacts the community in ways that no Ofsted inspection could ever measure. For example, the school supports local nursing homes, and has bold, inspirational plans to create a community hub with the police force to help with debt counselling, housing support, employment support, food banks and more.

The school is committed to helping all parents and pupils, whatever their personal challenges may be. One parent of a young child with autism explained how their son went from attending school for 10 minutes a day to full time.

It has been an incredible journey, proving that better is always possible and bringing hope to a community where hope was once hard to find


Pearson Teaching Awards reveals 2018 winners (BBC)

Headteacher, 27, who took over one of the UK’s worst primary schools reveals how he has turned it into an award-winner in just four years (Daily Mail)

Revealed: The winners of the 2018 Pearson Teaching Awards (SchoolsWeek)

Gainsborough primary school get gold award for ‘making a difference’ (Gainsborough Standard)

How the ’making a difference’ teaching award can open doors for your school (testimonial)

“The teaching award is not just a show of a school’s success… it opens doors. Since receiving our ‘PEARSON SILVER AWARD’ for making a difference, we have had a lot of interest from social businesses and registered charities. These local and international companies and charities have offered to help and advise our school; so to continue to develop and make an even bigger difference to our local community. They are fully involved in helping us to deliver our ultimate vision of fully functioning community hub, helping more than just the families of our pupils but all those people living around our school.

This has all been made possible by the Pearson Awards team; because of this award and their dedication to celebrate school achievements, our small school in one of the most deprived areas in the county has gained the recognition and respect of people with influence.

This Award will help our school to do more, be more and help even more children to fulfil their potential. The teaching awards are not just a one off special day; they create a legacy for pupils and can unlock the doors to help schools to be even better and eradicate the barriers caused by social deprivation.”

Enter the 2019 The Award for Primary School of the Year – making a difference, supported by Future First, here.