Gants Hill school wins award for embracing diversity

08:26 21 May 2014

A school has won an award for embracing the diversity of its students and their families.

Staff and students from Valentines High School have been invited to the House of Commons today to receive the Inclusion Expert Award of Excellence for Pupil Premium.

The prize was handed out to four other schools and recognises all of their efforts in making sure the notion of social inclusion is applied to all of their pupils.

The certificates were presented by Paralympian Sophie Christiansen, who won three gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Valentines was chosen for spending its pupil premium, additional money given to all publicly-funded schools in the country, on working with disadvantaged primary and secondary school students to raise their attainment.

The school, based in Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, was also commended for celebrating the different faiths and backgrounds of its pupils, organising coffee mornings for parents who are difficult to reach and having community mentors translate school newsletters.

Headteacher Sylvia Jones said: “The school motto is ‘In harmony achieving excellence’ and this really does reflect reality at Valentines.”

Daniel Sobel, the founder of Inclusion Expert, added: “I define a socially inclusive school or college as one where all children are cared for, taught well, enjoy success, their differences are respected and they are developing into good citizens.

“The pupil premium is there to allow gaps in performance to be reduced and even closed. The staff at Valentines are to be applauded for their commitment and dedication to making sure that every child feels valued and involved.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Ilford News Stories

One lane of the A406 is closed as emergency services respond to an accident.

A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital after an accident on the A406, causing heavy congestion on the Ilford flyover.

High Road, Woodford Green.

A motorcyclist is in hospital with “life changing” injuries after a collision with a car in Woodford Green earlier today.

The Goodgym team working out on one of the allotments in Redbridge

Have you ever been on the verge of going for a run, before bad weather or a good TV show has put you off?

Sumo fresh restaurant is a new sushi restaurant in Wanstead

Chef Philip with sushi

A Japanese sushi restaurant has been nominated for best takeaway in north London, in a national awards.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news


Show Job Lists


£3,000 goes a long way at Boots

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now