Top marks for Rathcoole PS

Education Minister Peter Weir pictured with Clarke McMullan McCracken, Corey Neill and Sophie Hunter.  Photography by Andrew Towe, Parkway Photography
Education Minister Peter Weir pictured with Clarke McMullan McCracken, Corey Neill and Sophie Hunter. Photography by Andrew Towe, Parkway Photography

The Education Minister, Peter Weir, paid a visit to Rathcoole Primary School last week to present a prestigious award to the staff and pupils.

Mr Weir presented the school with the Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award for Nurture provision.

While there, he met with staff and pupils and had the opportunity to watch a DVD on the school’s nurture journey.

Speaking during his visit onThursday, he said: “Receiving this award demonstrates the high quality of nurture provision within the school and its commitment to the care and nurture of all pupils and how well it is helping them through the early years of school.”

He added: “Rathcoole is now the fifth primary school in Northern Ireland to receive a Boxall Award from the UK national accrediting body, the Nurture Group Network. Receipt of the award requires that the school’s Nurture Group is operating to the highest possible standards, but also looks closely at how nurturing principles are being applied across the school. So while the Nurture Group can remain focused on those children most in need of its support, every pupil can benefit.”

Congratulating everyone for their commitment and dedication to their pupils, he concluded: “This is testament to the hard work and commitment of the school to support not just those children who have come through the nurture group, but all of its pupils. I wish everyone well for the future.”