A Coventry school is to share
its secret of how to improve children’s writing after being given
Beacon status by the government.
Walsgrave CE Primary School is
to become the third city school with the title when it joins Coundon
Court Secondary School and St Thomas More Catholic Primary School as
the third Beacon School in Coventry.
It will be part of a network
of 300 schools that will include writing as one of their areas of
The school has been
particularly praised for improving the achievement of boys – an area
of national concern.
The national network of
"writing" Beacons will consists of existing Beacon schools
and newly awarded schools, and is part of a government drive to target
writing within the literacy strategy.
Headteacher Linda Stock said:
"The granting of Beacon
status is an honour which reflects the hard work and commitment of
the school staff and pupils and is a tribute to the support we
obtain from our parents.
“The Department for
Education and Employment have asked us to include writing as one of
our areas of expertise as a Beacon school.
“At Walsgrave, we have
developed some very good teaching and learning strategies to develop
children's writing and we have been particularly successful at
raising the achievement of boys.
“We have worked closely
with our Local Education Authority's advisors and have received
support of a high quality."
Cllr George Duggins, cabinet
member (Education and Library Services) said:
"The head, staff and
pupils are to be congratulated for their achievement.
“They will now have the
opportunity to raise standards through building partnerships and
sharing good practice with other schools both locally and
“This achievement is
testimony to the LEA’s success in working in partnership with its