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St Mary’s Primary School, Altinure wins UK Excellence Award

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                  St Mary’s PS Staff receiving UK Excellence Aware at the London Hilton.
L-R:Mrs M Redmond, teacher, Miss I McDaid, RTU, Mr T O’Kane, Principal and Mrs M Jamison, Vice Principal

St Mary’s Primary School, Altinure was announced as the winner of the most prestigious award for business excellence in the United Kingdom.  This announcement follows an eleven month judgement process during which all applicants underwent a rigorous assessment of the implementation of the EFQM Excellence Model.

St Mary’s Primary School is situated on the outskirts of Park Village about 20 miles from Derry in the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains.  There are presently 206 pupils at the school, eight full time teachers and six classroom assistants.

The school has always been to the forefront of academic achievement and sporting excellence.  The school first became involved in self assessment , gaining the School’s Curriculum Awards in 2000 and 2002.  St Mary’s also achieved the Education Technology Award for best ICT practice in 2003 and 2004.  The school gained Investor in People recognition in 2002 and 2005 and is currently seeking Investor status for the third time.

In 2005 St Mary’s became involved with the Excellence Model and in 2006 won the Northern Ireland Quality Award.

Several local and Northern Ireland Awards have been won for Public Speaking and Safe Cycling.  Health Promotion Gold Awards have been won on several occasions and St Mary’s Primary School, Altinure have been North Derry Gaelic Champions on four occasions out of the last seven years and they have reigned as Co Derry Champions in 2003.

In November last year the school achieved a Grade 1 in an Inspection carried out by the Department of Education Inspectorate.

Speaking at the Event in London, Principal, Mr Tom O’Kane commended the hard work and dedication of all the staff and in particular thanked Mrs Mary Jamison and Mrs Mary Redmond for producing the successful submission, which he said highlighted the rich, broad and varied educational experienced and achievements of the pupils

He also thanked Miss Imelda McDaid from RTU, who facilitated and mentored the journey of  improvement over the past number of years and the Centre for Competitiveness, who were also very supportive.

He said the occasion demonstrated the quality and excellence of the educational experiences provided by the school.  He finished by saying “I  believe we are a professional learning community, where all staff are encouraged to develop themselves for the benefit of the pupils.  This Award is for the pupils of Altinure!