A Sefton school has become the first mainstream setting in the country to achieve an ADHD Friendly School quality mark.
Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School in Seaforth is dedicated to meeting the needs of children with neurodevelopmental disorders, and has spent the last two years training staff and working closely with the ADHD foundation.
Based on feedback from families, the school also introduced a parent’s skills group so that a number of tools and best practice methods to positively support learners could be replicated at home.
Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s, Schools & Safeguarding, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the school to be recognised as the first mainstream school in the UK to receive this award.
“All pupils deserve the chance to achieve their potential regardless of the barriers they have to learning and I hope it inspires other schools to go the extra mile to make every pupil’s experience of school the best it can be.”
Head Teacher of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Joan Jenkins, added: “I am extremely proud to receive this award on behalf of all the staff at the school who have been recognised for their hard work with children who face additional challenges in the school environment.
“We’ve worked hard to make the school fully inclusive, but it has only been possible thanks to the joint efforts of the staff and parents and teachers all supported by the ADHD Foundation.
“A special mention should also go to our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Carolyn Lawler, for being a huge driving force in making changes to our everyday practices.”
Pictured is Rory Bremner presenting the award to Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Carolyn Lawler during the fifth annual ADHD conference.