Pupils celebrate three national awards

Kings school, Pontefract, wins 3 (three) national awards.'Robson Cranswick, Sam Blackburn and Iman Nabham celebrate with other students the success of the school.'p309a249
Kings school, Pontefract, wins 3 (three) national awards.'Robson Cranswick, Sam Blackburn and Iman Nabham celebrate with other students the success of the school.'p309a249

A PONTEFRACT school is celebrating after scooping three prestigious national awards for its achievements in geography, equality and the arts.

The King’s School, on Mill Hill Lane, has bagged the Artsmark Gold award, the FairTrade Mark and the Secondary Geography Quality Mark this year.

Head teacher Julie Craig said: “I am extremely proud that, as a school, we continue to demonstrate excellence in such diverse areas of school life.

“In a recent CBI report on education, even industry was urging the government to not just judge schools by a narrow set of exam results alone, but encourage them to foster in young people the development of the wide range of skills and adaptability required for the future. We are committed as a school to doing just that.”

The high school was awarded the Artsmark Gold – the highest accolade – again this year after first receiving the coveted award in 2009 for it quality of teaching and its concerts and exhibitions in the community.

Pupils in years ten and 11 helped the school to bag the FairTrade Mark in April by raising the profile and support of the FairTrade Foundation which promotes fair trading, sustainability, and better working conditions in underdeveloped countries.

The third national geography award – which is given to only 45 schools in the country – was awarded by the Geographical Association for encouraging and supporting pupils in lessons.