Kirklandneuk Primary School in Renfrew has become the first school in Renfrewshire to receive the National Nurturing Schools Award.

This accolade is awarded to schools who demonstrate exemplary practice in embedding a nurturing culture throughout their school, enhancing teaching and learning by focusing on emotional needs and development in a whole-school environment.

The award is given to schools who complete the two-year National Nurturing Schools Programme with nurtureuk which helps schools to take the principles that have supported ‘nurture groups’, which are used in many schools to remove barriers to learning for children, and apply these principles across their whole-school to support every single child.

This year marks exactly 50 years since the first nurture group was started in Hackney, London.

Gemma Burns, Kirklandneuk principal, said: “Kirklandneuk primary are thrilled to receive the Nurturing School Award from nurtureuk. The 6 principles have been embedded throughout the school and have become part of daily life here at Kirklandneuk. Having the principles embedded in our practice has allowed all children in our school to thrive and become confident and independent learners. Through these principles they are picking up skills that will enable them to overcome challenges and succeed in life”.

Chief Executive of nurtureuk, Kevin Kibble, said: “We are delighted to award Kirklandneuk Primary School with the National Nurturing Schools Award in recognition of the outstanding and inspirational work of their whole staff team in embedding nurturing principles throughout the school.

“The beneficiaries of their hard work every day are the children attending the school, their families and the wider community. Our standards to achieve this award are exacting and many congratulations are due to the staff, pupils and everyone associated with the school.

“We look forward to working with many more schools to help them to embed principles to support the emotional and behavioural needs of their pupils and to help more schools to achieve this prestigious award.”

Photo: Kirklandneuk Primary School staff at the school with the award and Kirsten Mann from nurtureuk