Top award for Brixton school

Written by on 17 September, 2018 in Brixton Bugle, Children, Education, News, Schools, Young people - No comments
Hill Mead pupils use the Brixton Bugle in a drama production

Hill Mead pupils use the Brixton Bugle in a drama production

Brixton’s Hill Mead school has won a top national award for good practice in teaching for diversity and inclusion.It was joint winner of the UK Literacy Association’s Eastwood award.

UKLA said Hill Mead “celebrates the diverse, inclusive and creative curriculum”.

It singled out experiences gained through the school’s collaboration with the National Theatre for applause.


Sir Lenny shows aspiting Hill Mead actors how it's done

Sir Lenny shows aspiring Hill Mead actors how it’s done

“There is evidence of commitment from the staff, learners and all involved in the project,” it said.

UKLA said the Hill Mead project uses a diverse range of resources including human and digital. Opportunities presented for pupils to work with professionals brought the curriculum to life. On example is Hill Mead pupils working with the Bugle to produce the Hill Mead Herald.

Receiving the award, Hill Mead deputy head Becky Lawrence said: “The timing of this award is sadly, very necessary and important.

“Necessary given the wider context of what is happening in Britain and very sad because, when I started teaching 16 years ago, we were talking about the importance of diversity and inclusion and we are still talking about it.

“We haven’t moved on and still haven’t truly accepted that we are just a bunch of human being.

“I am so pleased that we have won this award, Hill Mead is a school in a housing estate in Brixton with gentrification all around us – but our community hasn’t changed.

“I remember when we were graded ‘outstanding’, our parents were so pleased and proud. Rightly so, they took the outstanding grade as recognition of their children being outstanding. And they are.

“When the parents hear of this award, I am pretty sure they will take this as recognition of their diversity and inclusion and will hold their heads up high . . . sorry  . . . their heads are already held high and hearing of this award, no doubt their heads will be held even higher.”



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