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Gants Hill students pick up award at House of Commons

PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 June 2014

Head boy Dhruv Datta, deputy head girl, Leah Madhani, head teacher Sylvia Jones, MP Mike Gapes, inclusion expert Daniel Sobel and Sophie Christiensen OBE (front).

Head boy Dhruv Datta, deputy head girl, Leah Madhani, head teacher Sylvia Jones, MP Mike Gapes, inclusion expert Daniel Sobel and Sophie Christiensen OBE (front).

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Pupils of a multi-cultural high school have been named top of the class after picking up a prestigious award at the House of Commons.

Valentines High School in Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, was hailed as an example of how a school can involve all of its pupils from different faiths and backgrounds.

To pick up the Inclusion Status award, head boy Dhruv Datta and deputy head girl Leah Madhani were joined by head teacher Sylvia Jones and Labour MP for Ilford South, Mike gapes.

They were presented with their prize, which only four other schools received, by triple gold Olympian Sophie Christiansen OBE, who has cerebral palsy.

Mrs Jones said: “The ethos of the School is truly inclusive. The school motto is ‘in harmony achieving excellence’ and this really does reflect reality at Valentines.

“The school celebrates the many factors which unite each individual as a member of the same school community.”

More than 90 per cent of students at the school use English as an additional language.

Staff organise coffee mornings for traditionally hard to reach parents while community mentors translate school newsletters and documents and outreach staff organise attendance into school if necessary.

There school also has four times the national average of students with additional learning and communication needs and used money from the pupil premium, given to all publicly funded schools in England, to help disadvantaged pupils.


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