Join with us in celebrating some of the awards and achievements attained by the school or by our students.
Eco Schools Green Flag Award
On Friday 13 July, an Eco School Green Flag Assessor visited our school to review all the evidence that had been collected for our application for Green Flag status.
The assessor was amazed by the contribution of all the staff and students, in particular the commitment and passion of the members of the Eco Committee and the Eco Lunch Club.
He loved the work we have done in our school grounds and said the school allotment was the best he had ever seen. The assessor then awarded the Green Flag status to Baskerville School which is the highest level of achievement.
The following is the Assessor's comments:
"I was impressed with how the whole school community embrace Eco-Schools work and embed it in so much curriculum work. The work on Global Citizenship was very comprehensive and would make a good case study for other Eco-Schools. Particularly interesting was the research evidence of the impact of this work on mental health amongst the students. Well done to everyone and keep up the great work."
Well done to all involved in the process, and specially to Ann and Kay for their leadership!
Baskerville School has been awarded School Membership of the Music Mark in recognition of the school's work to ensure that our students are able to access and engage with a high-quality music education.
Music education and activities have always been an important part of the curriculum at Baskerville School. Apart from regular music lessons, students who show an interest or display talents have been able to participate in activities such as piano lessons, singing in the school choir, learning to play African drums in a group, taking part in musical performances at school, and attending out of school music activities organised by organisations such as the Midlands Arts Centre and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Well done to Jonathan Garbett, our Music teacher and Matt O'Neill, our Assistant Head Teacher (Pastoral) who have worked hard to provide a variety of music activities for our students.
Forest Schools at Baskerville School
We are delighted to announce that Baskerville School have been invited to become an accredited Birmingham Forest School by Forest Schools Birmingham and Outdoor Learning UK.
This is in recognition of the wide range of Forest Schools programs that we run. In Key Stage 3 we deliver a bespoke course that is ASD specific and follows 3 annual themes: making, caring, rejoicing. In Key Stages 4 and 5 we deliver Forest Schools through Open Awards accreditation, which means our students can gain valuable qualifications.
Baskerville School has long recognised the benefit of Forest Schools to our students, for example, building resilience through working with tools, promoting team work and co-operation, providing small and achievable tasks via practical challenges which improves self-confidence and self-esteem, giving students the freedom to be amongst nature and out of the confines of the classroom. These all impact positively on behaviour. Promoting positive attitudes towards environmental stewardship and global issues is key to the ethos of the school, building a myriad of cross curricular threads. Last but not least, we believe that it is important to allow students to have fun and enjoy their learning.
We are very lucky to have a woodland on site and happy to share the facilities on a weekly basis with teachers and students from the City Council's Communication and Autism Team Children Out of School Service.
360 Degree Safe E-Safety Mark
The school is very pleased to be awarded the 360 Degree Safe E-Safety Mark which confirmed that Baskerville School has met and excelled in all the criteria, making us an 'e-safe' school.
The school has worked hard under the leadership of Humera Haq, our Faculty Leader for Maths and Computing, and the E-Safety Committee, all members of which have been heavily involved and instrumental in achieving the E-Safety Mark
ECM Quality Mark
Baskerville School has been awarded a unique award in recognition for using the five Every Child Matters outcomes to raise achievement.
The award was received in October 2011 and celebrates the schools ability to enhance the learning community by initiating and developing working relationships with a range of partners to improve the achievement of vulnerable learners across the full range of age, ability and need
Financial Management Standard in Schools
Baskerville School has successfully achieved FMSiS which is a mandatory requirement to provide assurance to the Department for Education, HM Treasury, National Audit Office and Local Authorities that our school has adequate arrangements in place to manage our resources effectively.
This is a benchmark which encourages self improvement and helps school leaders and the Governing Body to better understand their roles and responsibilities in relation to effective financial management and how decisions on expenditure are linked to educational priorities. It also means that the school makes best use of resources to ensure that children's outcomes can be maximised.
Baskerville School has met the standards and has achieved the Healthy Schools Award.
A school which gains the Birmingham Healthy School Standard will be recognised throughout the country as one which meets the agreed national standards and, has demonstrated its commitment to pupil welfare and well-being.
We are proud of this achievement and being healthy is now entrenched in all aspects of school and residential. Healthy eating is encouraged and we have seen a positive impact of this on behaviour. We are seeing students eating a varied and healthy diet and now only drinking water, fruit juice and milk.
Students cook and serve healthy refreshments through an Enterprise initiative in the summer term. They call themselves 'Dude Love Café'.
Physical well being is promoted and we have expanded the choice of physical activities both within the curriculum and in leisure time. The students have also participated in a many external events organised for a whole range of schools.