Benjamin Adlard Primary School
The Award for School of the Year - Making a Difference
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 in 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.