A larger than average primary school has become a centre of excellence for enhancing the life chances of its children.

Woodlands Primary on Eddisbury Road, Whitby , which has 610 pupils age 3 - 11, has gained Centre of Excellence status from the National Inclusion Quality Mark in recognition of its commitment to providing equal opportunities for all pupils irrespective of their age, gender, ethnicity, attainment and background.

The school gained the award following an ‘extremely rigorous’ two day scrutiny. Assessor Steve Gill told headteacher Anne Vickers he believed that inclusion ‘permeates every aspect of school life’.

“I am of the opinion that Woodlands Primary School is an outstanding school,” he said.

“I was impressed by the confident and happy pupils and by the shared vision not only of the visionary headteacher and her senior leadership team but by all of the staff employed or volunteering in the school who are committed to inclusion in its broadest and best sense.”

He concluded: “Children really enjoy coming to school. There is a superb sense of care and nurture within the school and the community surrounding the school where every member of the school is valued for who they are and what they might become.”

Mrs Vickers says: “We are always looking to improve and find new ways to ensure that our children have the highest quality educational experience possible, one that they will value for the rest of their lives.