Inclusion Quality Mark Inclusive School Status
Cuddington Community Primary strives to promote equal opportunities for all its pupils, ensuring that every pupil achieves their very best in a nurturing, caring environment. Our staff know the needs of each one of our pupils and we work in partnership with parents to ensure that Inclusion is at the heart of the school.
Ofsted defines an educationally inclusive school as one in which the teaching and learning; achievements, attitudes and well being of every young person matter. The nationally recognised Inclusion Quality Mark recognises schools that are able to evaluate and measure how they are performing in their inclusion journey and in January 2015 Cuddington became a Centre of Excellence for Inclusion receiving the Inclusion Quality Award.
During our review, in March 2018, as a Centre of Excellence the assessor was so impressed with our excellent practice on inclusion and the sharing of good practice with other schools that the Flagship School status was awarded. We joined one of only around 100 schools in the UK with this status and are very proud that we are the only primary in Surrey to have achieved this.
At our review in January 2021, Cuddington retained its Flagship Status and became an Inclusive School.
During the review, the assessor said 'from conversations with different members of staff it is clear that there is a common understanding of the work they have ahead, as well as all the positive work that has been achieved. All staff are truly committed to implementing the school’s focus on mental health and wellbeing and they have a very good understanding of the needs of the children within their community. A smooth transition in leadership has been achieved, with no apparent drop in impetus or drive for excellence, which given the extraordinary circumstances of the period between the last review and now, is quite remarkable and should be commended.'
The report stated that 'Cuddington is an inclusive community that is also part of the larger, supportive community of the Trust and this has never been more valuable and effective in supporting the children in their care than in this difficult year that continues to impact on our school provision.'
The school was praised for its ‘very interesting developmental work’ to ensure strategies meet the needs of pupils and The Howard Partnership Trust was also commended for allowing its schools to keep their unique features whilst providing them with support and consistency around strategies and systems.
As an Inclusive School, Cuddington is very proud to have met the following criteria:
- A school with at least two successful IQM assessments.
- Has demonstrable plans to sustain and develop inclusive internal practice.
- Has good mechanisms to disseminate and share good practice between the schools.
- Has the capacity to share and disseminate good inclusion practice across a broader cluster of schools.
- Willing to engage in classroom level research activity that explores inclusive practice.
The Principal Miss Dempster, says “I am proud to lead Cuddington Community Primary School, it is such a fantastic community, where every member of staff is committed to bring out the best in its children and staff. The school is made even more fantastic by its diversity and passion for inclusion.”