The Framework for Exceptional Education is the SSAT’s flagship school improvement framework. It offers a principled approach to ongoing school improvement that will take us beyond statutory inspection frameworks. The framework provides a structure for self-review and action-planning that supports Parklands in our journey to world class. Parklands Academy has recently achieved accreditation for transforming practice under SSAT's Framework for Exceptional Education. The Framework for Exceptional Education is a self-review and planning tool incorporating SSAT's 30 years of experience in school improvement. Co-developed with a group of high-performing schools and reviewed by leading academics, the framework supports schools in quality-assuring their work and sharing effective practice. To achieve accreditation as transforming in practice, Parklands Academy was reviewed by another high-performing school and an independent moderator from SSAT. SSAT's Chief Executive, Sue Williamson comments "for a school to be accredited for transforming practice is a real credit to their team and the quality of the work that they are doing."
We are proud of our dedicated team of 11 pupils which carries out a range of eco-initiatives. These include teaching Year 8 to raise awareness of ecological issues in a ‘Cool the World day’, the maintenance of our school pond, leading on litter-issues, in addition to designing and planting for increased biodiversity and running assemblies to share motivation to green action.
Parklands has received the SSAT award for high performance and awarded Leading Edge status from 2015-2016. In order to achieve Leading Edge status schools must demonstrate the following: Excellent rates of progress KS2-KS4. Performance that exceeds the national average for schools in a similar level of prior attainment. Capacity and willingness to network with other Leading Edge schools and showcase best practice.
The Investors in People Standard is a prestigious national standard which recognises the commitment of an organisation to improving its performance through the development of its people. It measures the practical steps it has made to improve this performance and the impact of its improvement activities.
Parklands High School is delighted to be re-accredited with this award for a further 3 years. This award showcases all of the international work we have done over the last year. We are committed to the ongoing development of global citizenship and have a strong connection with many partner schools around the world. Our international work enriches the curriculum, has a positive impact on educational outcomes and raises awareness of other countries and cultures.
Parklands is the first secondary school in Lancashire to be awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Silver Mark. LOtC Mark is awarded by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom, the national voice for Learning Outside the Classroom. The LOtC Mark is intended to recognise exemplary provision, recognising, and supporting, the development of learning outside the classroom across all subjects. Learning outside the classroom is known to contribute significantly to raising standards and improving pupils’ personal, social and emotional development. It also contributes to the quality and depth of learning
PEQS Award – is a nationally recognised accreditation for schools which recognises outstanding practices in parental engagement. The Parental Engagement Quality Standard (PEQS) award is awarded to school and academies that demonstrate a commitment to a particular area of school life and help communicate the climate of the school to stakeholders, thereby potentially helping the school to access additional funding for that area of work. There must also be a demonstration of a commitment to continuous improvement in this field.
Winners of this award engage in the local cluster competitions and encourage pupils to attend the post competition development days. Parklands look towards partnership working with local community and professional clubs.
The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme to reward schools for their commitment to the development of sporting competition across their school and into the community. The silver award rewards our high level of engagement in PE and extra curricular activities and our provision of a number of leadership opportunities in various sports.
The The Inclusion Quality Mark provides UK Schools with a nationally recognised validation of their inclusive practice and ongoing commitment to developing educational inclusion. Parklands High School provides support and encouragement to all pupils to achieve their best as a truly inclusive school. This can be seen in the motto 'Learn, Respect, Aspire, Achieve' which permeates throughout the actions and decisions of both staff and students.
The The Lancashire Equality Mark is awarded to schools who have taken measures to embed Equality throughout their practice with the goal of enabling all pupils to thrive in a supportive learning community. It has been developed by a working group in Lancashire and provides a clear framework to guide schools through the process of auditing, developing and consolidating good practice in different areas of Equality. It builds on and extends the good practice of the Lancashire Race Equality Mark .