going for gold!

Brindishe Lee is one of only thirty four primary schools that have achieved a Geographical Association’s Primary Geography Quality Mark (PGQM) Award in this the fourth year of the award. It is one of only seven primary schools nationally to receive the Gold standard...

 

Gold award schools ‘lead the way in providing excellent and innovative geography’
 
Brindishe Lee is one of only thirty four primary schools that have achieved a Geographical Association’s Primary Geography Quality Mark (PGQM) Award in this the fourth year of the award. It is one of only seven primary schools nationally to receive the Gold standard!
 
At Gold level, the award recognises ability to demonstrate excellent and innovative geography throughout the school.
 
In Gold Award schools subject leaders ( ours is our Advanced Skills Teacher Liz Watson) are also leaders of primary geography beyond their own school and influence the development of the subject locally, regionally and nationally through work with Higher Education Institutes of Education, Local Authority networks and The Geographical Association.
 
The awarding association’s press release says
 
“These schools use creative approaches to stimulate learning and place a high value on using real life issues to promote understanding. In 2010 seven schools achieved the Gold award. This includes two schools, Perton First School in Wolverhampton and Brindishe Primary School in London, who have achieved the Gold Award for the second time.“
 
The judges said:
 
“An important criteria is that schools use the subject to promote creativity, ensure active learning within school and in the outdoor classroom and develop links with other subjects both rigorously and imaginatively. We saw many different examples of the way geography can make a real difference to pupil learning and to staff understanding and enthusiasm, especially when led by a keen subject leader who is supported by a headteacher who sees the subject’s potential.”
 
We are so thrilled to get this award – and very grateful to Liz Watson and her team for all the hard work and energy that goes into this achievement.
 
If you’d like to know more about how we approach and use geography at Brindishe please contact Liz Watson – I know she’d be happy to hear from you. Her email is lizwatson@brindishelee.lewisham.sch.uk or leave her a note via the school office.