300th NACE Challenge Award in our 30th Year

An education charity which helps more able, gifted and talented pupils is to present its 300th award this week. It is being given to a school where teachers and governors challenged all pupils, including those with high abilities, to achieve their best.

The prestigious NACE (National Association for Able Children in Education) Challenge Award will be presented by the Glastonbury Festival Organiser Michael Eavis to Waycroft Academy in Bristol. Mr Eavis is Patron of the Arts at the school which was opened in September 2011.

NACE Chief Executive Rowena Gaston said: "Waycroft Academy has worked hard to gain NACE Challenge Award status. It has shown itself to be committed to developing a school where all pupils are challenged to be the best they can be. We are also delighted that Waycroft is our 300th school in the year that NACE is celebrating our 30th year supporting schools to challenge their more able pupils."

The Award is given by NACE: the National Association for Able Children in Education, a leading national education organisation and registered charity established for 30 years. The Association exists to help the daily work of teachers providing for pupils with high abilities whilst enabling all pupils to flourish. It provides advice, training and resources for teachers, including The NACE Challenge Award Self-Evaluation Framework which Waycroft Academy has used to audit and plan what it provides for more able, gifted and talented pupils.

Assessors, who spent a day in the school, were impressed by the high quality teaching and management of provision. They judged the quality of the school's work by observing lessons, interviewing the pupils, teachers, parents and governors and by looking at the pupils' work. The Award is given when schools demonstrate that they meet the criteria of the Award and are committed to continuing to ensure high-quality provision for more able, gifted and talented pupils.

Mr Michael Eavis (Glastonbury Festival organiser) is Waycroft's Patron of the Arts. On Friday January 31st between 10am and 11am the school will be celebrating their achievement of the NACE Challenge Award prior to Mr Eavis presenting the NACE certificate, NACE Chief Executive Rowena Gaston will also attend this exciting presentation of the 300th school to receive the NACE Challenge Award.

Waycroft Academy has been one of Bristol's top performing primary schools for a number of years. In 2012 Waycroft was top of the Bristol performance league tables; in 2013 Waycroft was second in the league tables. As recently as January 2014 Waycroft received praise from the DfE, which listed Waycroft as one of the top 250 performing primary schools in the country.

As well as very high academic standards the school offers children a wide variety of experiences. This NACE Challenge Award recognises the work Waycroft has done to develop children with potential. It does this through quality first teaching, a rich curriculum and a diverse but complementary range of extra-curricular activities.

Michael Eavis formally opened Waycroft Academy at a spectacular ceremony in September 2011.

Michael has remained in contact with Principal, Simon Rowe, ever since and was delighted to be invited back to help the children celebrate.

Michael witnessed the special Waycroft talents first hand: gymnastics, a sample of Shakespeare's

'Mid Summer Nights Dream', music, singing, dancing and wonderful literacy and numeracy work.

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