For Ian Ramsey Church of England Academy in Stockton-on-Tees, it’s gold! The RE Department at the academy, which is part of the Dayspring Trust, has achieved the RE Quality Mark Gold award. The award assesses the quality of RE with regard to five different areas, including Learners and Learning, Teachers and Teaching and Subject Leadership. Gaining this award shows that the quality of RE at Ian Ramsey is exemplary. Natalie Chapman, Head of RE, said, “I am delighted that the work of all my hard-working colleagues has been rightly recognised. We are over the moon!”.
Brian Janes, Head Teacher, said, “I am extremely proud of the RE Department and the pupils for securing the REQM Gold Award. Pupils work incredibly hard in RE and make outstanding progress, with GCSE results being amongst the highest successes in the academy annually. Through Pupil Voice, they regularly tell us that they enjoy the rich experiences of RE lessons and the results support this.
“We have Ambassadors for RE who have been invited to Westminster in July to participate in a national debate about the value of RE as a curriculum subject. We think carefully and sensitively about the topics we teach and regularly invite guest speakers of other faiths to enable our pupils to hear first-hand about their religion and experiences. Recently, our pupils were able to talk to a Holocaust survivor and the feedback was incredible. Overall, I believe the deeply-rooted, Christian ethos of the academy helps consolidate the values and lessons taught in RE. We are incredibly lucky to have such a talented and dedicated team of RE teachers.”
Gill Booth, Executive Headteacher commented, “Following our successful Ofsted inspection last term, where the school was awarded Good in all categories and RE teaching was described as ‘consistently strong’, this is the icing on the cake!”
(pictured: Mrs Chapman, Head of RE, Peter Snowden, Deputy Head and Lydia)