Dads step in to help primary school scoop top award

Teachers Alyson Hackett and Julie Wilson with some Forton School children and their award
Teachers Alyson Hackett and Julie Wilson with some Forton School children and their award

The staff and pupils at Forton Primary School are celebrating after being presented with a prestigious award – all after swapping classrooms.

The school achieved the Lancashire Step Into Quality Award for giving the younger students greater access to the outdoors.

During the past 15 months the early years staff at Forton have been assessed by Lancashire County Council as well as attending training with early years consultants.

Headteacher Lorna Boase said: “We were scoring poorly in our Ofsted reports for what we were offering our young children when it came to learning outdoors. Then a teaching assistant said instead of spending money we didn’t have, we could just swap the younger and older age groups’ classrooms around.

“It’s worked brilliantly and now gives the younger children a great area to explore and we’re delighted to get the award.”

Big changes have been made to the indoor and outdoor environments at Forton.

Dads of the children came in to help make the space suable by putting up fences.

Alyson Hackett, deputy headteacher and Early Years leader, said: “Our youngest children are so lucky to have a large, dedicated outdoor area to work and play in and we want to thank those hardworking dads who helped us to fence off the wooded area and made it accessible.”

Mrs Boase said: “Achieving this award has already had a positive impact upon the provision that we provide, not only our younger pupils but throughout our school.

“This success is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our teachers Miss Hackett and Mrs Wilson and the tremendous support of the parents.”