Integrated primary school wins leading honour for excellence

Portadown Integrated Primary School have achieved an award for Excellence in Integrated Education. Pictured are, teacher Mrs Maginnes on the left, and Vice principal Mrs Curran along with pupils, from left, Caitlin Houston, Ella-May Murphy, Owen Hobson and Danny Halligan.  INPT1015-433
Portadown Integrated Primary School have achieved an award for Excellence in Integrated Education. Pictured are, teacher Mrs Maginnes on the left, and Vice principal Mrs Curran along with pupils, from left, Caitlin Houston, Ella-May Murphy, Owen Hobson and Danny Halligan. INPT1015-433

Portadown Integrated Primary School and Nursery have been awarded the Excellence in Integrated Education Award.

The award was given to Portadown Integrated Primary School and Nursery in recognition of the school’s hard work and dedication to the integrated ethos.

Noreen Campbell, chief executive of the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education, congratulated the school.

“I am delighted that Portadown Integrated Primary and nursery school has been awarded the Excellence in Integrated Education Award. The award is a well-deserved recognition of the hard work and commitment of PIPS staff, parents, Board of Governors and most importantly, their pupils,” she said.

The assessors report said, “The school is committed to Child-centred education. Pupils are involved in planning their own work and setting their own targets. The holistic development of the individual child is supported by effective policies and procedures.

“An extensive range of extra-curricular opportunities and clubs are available and the children are very enthusiastic about them. Children are affirmed in class, in assembly, through wall displays and through a variety of tailored reward systems. Children are certainly at the heart of PIPS.

“The integrated ethos is palpable in this school. ETI noted “The leadership and management of the school have a strategic vision for school improvement underpinned by a child friendly, rights respecting integrated ethos”. The whole school and the whole school community ooze integration in action. Children talk confidently about what the integrated ethos means for them in practice. Wall displays are covered in exciting and colourful displays of work that exemplifies the school’s respect for diversity.”

The pupils were described as “very open and friendly”.