Neston High School Recognised for Learning Outside the Classroom
|Published: 12th December 2011 11:46|
Neston High School is celebrating its success in the National Learning Outside the Classroom Awards for Excellence and Innovation 2011.
The school was Runner Up in the Best Learning Outside the Classroom Provision for Secondary Schools.
Sponsored by Learning Through Landscapes, the LOtC Awards recognise the commitment of schools, youth organisations and educational establishments in providing inspiring, engaging and memorable learning experiences beyond the classroom walls.
The 2011 finalists underwent two rounds of rigorous judging over the course of 5 months. Nominees had to show how they have integrated LOtC into the curriculum, how they have taken an holistic approach to their provision and provide evidence of the positive impact LOtC has had on the young people in their care.
The school was praised for its excellent use of the school setting and grounds, the local amenities and external providers as well as for being inventive with their budgeting and fundraising and their worked with their communities, partners governors and parents to embed LOtC into their provision. ‘It is their vision, commitment, and tireless efforts to find new and creative ways to inspire their pupils that will ensure the next generation of young people will be brighter, happier young adults with greater aspirations and a better understanding of the world around them.'
Steven Dool, Headteacher said, "I am absolutely delighted at this recognition for the outstanding work undertaken as part of our school provision for students. It is a tribute to the many staff and partners who contribute to a huge programme of activities which takes learning beyond the classroom.
"At a time when many schools are reducing the number of foreign exchange programmes, trips and activities we are increasing the number. This award is just recognition of the value we place on broadening and extending the educational provision for students at Neston High School."
Amongst the numerous activities ranging from the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Activity Week, Passport to Neston, Gifted and Talented workshops, Eco Picnic, Battlefields programme and STEM activities the schools eXL (extra learning) programme, extensive international links and the Lessons from Auschwitz work were highlighted as particular strengths.