St Brigid’s Primary and Nursery School Derry are celebrating the achievement of the IIP gold award. This highly prestigious award has global recognition. It evaluates organisations across ten areas and uses one hundred and ninety five criteria across these ten areas, organisations must meet one hundred and sixty five of these criteria to achieve gold. St Brigid’s met an outstanding one hundred and eighty four of these.
An important feature of the assessment process is that it looks at all aspects of the school within its community. It takes account of the strengths of the school, the leadership, the staff and the ways in which teams and individuals facilitate distributed leadership.
The assessor Martin Rice noted that the quality of provision went far beyond the curriculum and pastoral care, to ensure the holistic development of all the pupils and the school within the local community. He highlighted the school’s focus on strong environmental links.
Mr Rice commented that St Brigid’s Primary School was an inspirational organisation where the broad range of experiences ensured that each pupil achieved success. This success is reflected in the pride and commitment of staff, in their work.
The school Principal, Mary McCallion, said that all staff were committed to lifelong learning and continuous improvement. This was key she felt to ensure that all pupils achieved success and realised their full potential