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20 Jul

Woodbourne Hospital School awarded IQM Inclusive School Award

Woodbourne Hospital School awarded IQM Inclusive School Award

Aspris Children’s Services is thrilled to announce that Woodbourne Hospital School in Birmingham has been awarded with an Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) Inclusive School Award with Centre of Excellence status.

The IQM Award provides schools across the UK with a nationally recognised validation of their inclusive practice and ongoing commitment to developing educational inclusion.

Pupils at Woodbourne Hospital School are helped to continue their learning during their time in inpatient care for mental ill health. The school’s mission is to nurture a love of learning so that all pupils engage further with education and are ready for the next stage in their academic journey.

An IQM assessor visited the school and said:

“The impact the school has on young people is best summed up by the comments of the ward doctor who said ‘the school is an asset to the ward as it aids recovery by giving the young people something to do and creates hope for the future. There is also a therapeutic quality to the work they do with young people.’

“I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Woodbourne Hospital School.”

The report given by IQM explains how the school has a strong focus on inclusion and diversity, provides a safe and supportive environment for pupils, and how dedicated colleagues design flexible plans for pupils which suits their individual needs.

In addition to mainstream curriculum activities, pupils can experience therapeutic PSHE, sensory exploring and creative expression, alongside physical activities such as yoga, and weekly music services.

Christina Darkes, Head Teacher of Woodbourne Hospital School, said:

“I’m so proud of our team, and delighted that all of our hard work to make this an inclusive, nurturing environment has been recognised.

“Our priority is always the wellbeing and learning of our pupils, and we often have to adapt and get creative with our curriculum to enable our young people to thrive. This award is testament to the dedication and passion of our team.”