Flagship Inclusive School
We are very proud to have been awarded Flagship Status for the Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM). This follows the school being an IQM Centre of Excellence for three years. This makes Kenilworth School and Sixth Form one of only 100 schools in the country to have been awarded this Flagship status.
In order to be awarded the quality mark schools have to show how they ensure inclusion of students, staff, parents and the community in all aspects of school life. The process is very rigorous with a detailed application having to be submitted, followed up by a two day visit to the school by an Inclusion Quality Mark assessor. The assessor verifies that what has been published within the school’s application is accurate and can be properly evidenced.
Over the two days the assessor observed lessons and assemblies, interviewed a number of students, staff parents and school governors. Following this assessment, we have been successful in gaining the Inclusion Quality Mark.
To achieve Flagship status, as school must have been a Centre of Excellence for at least three years and have successfully met targets set by IQM and satisfy an assessor in an annual review of progress generally and towards achieving the targets.
Part of being a Flagship school is to undertake a research project. Last year’s project focused on the important issue of sustainability within school. Green Teams were set up within each year group who looked at ways in which as a school we could be more sustainable.
Students encouraged our caterers to replace single use plastic materials with more sustainable alternatives. Students oversaw weekly recycling across the school as well as litter picking around the school sites and recycling the materials collected. Through student led assemblies, students were encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles to school rather than purchasing single use plastic bottles.
Through work with the Woodlands Trust, 315 tree saplings were donated to the school to encourage people in the local community to plant native tree species and increase the local biodiversity. Many of these trees will be planted on our new school site in the future.
We are proud that following on from our successful annual review in November 2020, we will continue to be an Inclusion Quality Mark Flagship School for 2020 / 2021. The focus of this academic year’s project is ‘Catch up’ and supporting student’s mental health following the enforced lockdown and closure of schools due to the Covid-19 pandemic.