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Rights award accolade for Middlesbrough school

A Middlesbrough primary school is celebrating after landing two prestigious awards.

Ayresome Primary School is the first primary school in the town to receive Unicef's UK's Rights Respecting Gold Award (RRSA).

And the Worcester Street school - home to 769 three- to 11-year-olds - has also been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) for its commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning. 

In their assessment report, Unicef said: "The assessors would like to thank the children, the senior leadership team, staff and governors for their warm welcome to the school.

"It was evident that children's rights are embedded across the school and underpin every facet of school life.

"Particular strengths of the school include respectful and positive relationships across the school where children feel safe, valued and are treated with dignity."

The PSQM programme ensures effective leadership of science, enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts.

Schools that achieve PSQM demonstrate commitment and expertise in science teaching and leadership.

Ayresome Primary Headteacher Lisa Biggin said: "Pupils, staff, governors and parents have worked incredibly hard to achieve both awards and I am so proud of everyone who has made a contribution.

"These awards are not granted lightly, and they are a big achievement for the school."

Ayresome Primary School is one of six schools across the local area which form the Ad Astra Academy Trust.

The other schools are Hartlepool's West Park, West View and Brougham primary schools along with Crooksbarn and Rosebrook primary schools from Stockton.

Andy Brown OBE, Chief Executive Officer of Ad Astra Academy Trust, added: "The Ad Astra Trust sets high standards for all of its schools and these awards demonstrate the excellent work to ensure that we achieve the very best for all of our pupils."

Pictured: (left) (back row L-R) science leads Mark Bennison and Louise Farrington along with headteacher Lisa Biggin and Ayresome Primary School pupils, and (right) (back row L-R) RRSA lead Rebecca Marine and headteacher Lisa Biggin with Ayresome Primary School pupils