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Kenningtons Primary Academy awarded prestigious charter mark

Thurrock school, Kenningtons Primary Academy, has recently achieved the prestigious national quality charter mark ‘Investors in Pupils’. The award recognises the development of pupil voice and participation strategies in schools to help children to develop life skills, character and resilience.

After two years of hard work embracing and embedding the objectives of the Investors in Pupils scheme, the school applied for the award last year.

Claire Kavanagh, Investors in Pupils Coordinator at Kenningtons Primary Academy, said: “Kenningtons Primary Academy takes pride in their pupils and the role that they have within the school.

“I am very proud of our achievement. Furthermore, the whole school community continues to work hard on the objectives, and we look forward to the reaccreditation process in two years’ time.”

The assessor came to the school and spent the day talking to staff, children, governors and parents. In the report, the assessor said: “The positive behaviour modelled by adults, along with high expectations of pupils, well established routines, consistent reward schemes between teaching and support staff, and clear understanding of sanctions throughout school provides an infrastructure to reinforce and underpin high levels of outstanding pupil behaviour. It was a pleasure to encounter such polite, confident, articulate and happy children.”

 The assessor also added: “There was a palpable sense, through speaking with staff, pupils, parents and governors alike, that being at Kenningtons Primary Academy meant belonging to a very special school community.”

The academy is the first school in Thurrock to receive the award.

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