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 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 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.