Bovingdon Primary AcademyBelonging. Possibilities. Achievement.
May 9 2019

Awards & Achievements

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Modeshift Stars 2018 – Bronze Award

Modeshift STARS is the national schools awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel. The scheme encourages schools across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel in order to improve the health and well-being of children and young people. Every school in England (outside of London) can participate in Modeshift STARS for free. On completion of an application for Modeshift STARS, schools will automatically have a brand new national standard School Travel Plan.

We are delighted to have been awarded the Bronze accreditation which means we have completed a Pupil & Staff Survey, and delivered 10 Sustainable Travel Initiatives, 5 Supporting Initiatives and 2 Consultation Initiatives. We hope to build on our success and reach a Gold accreditation in the future. 

Thank you to everyone involved in helping us to achieve this success. 

School Games Mark Gold

In July 2018 Bovingdon Academy was recognised as a School Games Mark Gold school. High levels of participation (94% of children took part in a school sports event or club this year), a wide variety of extra curricular activities and the large number of external club links we offer all contributed to our Gold Award accreditation. We hope with this award we can continue to increase sports participation and the enjoyment of sport even more next year. 

Primary Science Quality Mark

Primary Science Quality Awards have been awarded to 270 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning. So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 2000 schools across the UK have achieved the award.

The Primary School Quality Mark scheme enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning.

Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school.The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure science understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”

Teaching School

Bovingdon Primary Academy, in partnership with Hammond Academy in Hemel Hempstead, became one of the first schools in the country to join a pioneering programme to raise standards at other schools in the county. We were one of the first 100 schools in England to be granted “Teaching School Status”, entitling us to lead the training and professional development for staff in neighbouring schools. We are delighted to have been selected for this role and are working closely with Hammond Academy and 69 other local primary and secondary schools as part of our Teaching Schools Alliance. Schools in our alliance have a huge range of skills and expertise which will be used to continue raising standards across the county. The schools chosen for the programme, by the National College for School Leadership, have produced outstanding and innovative practice in teaching and learning and provided a significant experience in developing teachers’ careers.

The designation of teaching school is open to all schools in England, regardless of type or phase. Schools and academies applying to become teaching schools have to give evidence of successful partnerships with other local schools as well as evidence of excellent leadership with a proven track record of school improvement. The criteria are very stringent and only the most successful schools in the country with a strong track record of success will be selected.

National Leader of Education/National Support School

In February 2010, former Headteacher, Martin Mangan became one of only 75 Headteachers across the country to be appointed in the latest recruitment round by the National College for School Leadership and Children’s Services to the prestigious role of National Leader in Education (NLE). Executive Principal of Aspire Academies Trust, Vicky Parsey, also holds this esteemed title. This means Bovingdon Academy is designated as a National Support School (NSS) and we are able to use our success and professionalism to play a part in raising standards in struggling schools.

National leaders of education (NLEs) are outstanding school leaders who, together with the staff in their schools, use their knowledge and experience of teaching to provide additional leadership capacity to schools in challenging circumstances. Many NLEs will have previously worked to support schools in challenging circumstances and all have worked beyond their own school. National support schools (NSS) are the schools for which the NLE is a serving Headteacher.

Green Flag Award

We have been awarded the Green Flag several years in a row and the flag can be seen flying high in the school entrance.

Visit our Eco-Council page for full details.


ICT Mark – January 2010

Bovingdon Primary School has once again received the prestigious ICT Mark, having been one of the first schools in the UK to gain this award in 2006. The award recognises schools who can demonstrate they use ICT to support all learners and all school activities. Awarded by Becta, the government’s lead agency for ICT in education, it recognises the success that Bovingdon has in developing a strategic approach to its use of ICT across the whole school. We had to be rigorously assessed by an independent external assessor on our whole school approach to ICT from leadership and vision through to learning and teaching in the classroom, and demonstrate that we met criteria focusing on pupils’ progress in ICT capability, the impact of ICT on attitudes and behaviour and pupils’ progress.

The assessor commented in her report, “The general feeling from all the groups interviewed was that they are tremendously proud of their school and feel that it’s way ahead of other schools in its use of technology for learning and teaching and administration”.

Outstanding Provider – 2007/2008

What are outstanding providers?

Since 1993/94, HMCI’s Annual Report has identified schools that, in the inspection year, received an outstanding inspection report and where the pupils were achieving very well.

Excerpt from our Ofsted Report April 2008

Bovingdon Primary is an outstanding school that thoroughly deserves its good reputation locally. It is exceptionally well led and managed and so it provides an excellent quality of education and care for its pupils. As a result of this, pupils make outstanding progress from their starting points to reach exceptionally high standards in reading, speaking and listening and information and communication technology (ICT). Pupils of all abilities make similar progress because the school challenges and extends the most able and provides high quality support for those who occasionally find learning difficult. Parents are delighted with what the school provides. One comment reflected well the views of many. ‘The staff work really hard to ensure that lessons are enjoyable. The school is professionally run but still provides a caring environment in which the children flourish’.

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