Outdoor learning is an important part of our ethos at Bridgewater Primary School, so we are delighted to have received our Gold Award from the Woodland Trust.
The Woodland Trust's Green Tree Schools Awards are designed to help schools celebrate woods and trees by completing environmental projects and encouraging outdoor learning. Our wooden plaque, presented upon achieving our Gold Award, is proudly on display outside the school office.
Our active school travel plan was recognised with a Bronze a Modeshift Star in 2016 and a Silver Modeshift Star in 2017. We were also nominated by Hertfordhsire County Council for a national travel award in 2017.
Modeshift Stars is the national schools awards scheme recognising schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel. Our travel group is made up of parents, local residents, a member of staff and a governor. The group works alongside our Junior Travel Ambassadors, who are pupils from Year 1 upwards voted for by their peers. The Travel Group and our Junior Travel Ambassadors work to encourage sustainable, active travel to school in order to improve the health and well-being of our pupils and act in an environmentally and community-friendly way. You can find out more here.
The School Games Mark is a government-led awards scheme which recognises schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. We again achieved our Silver Award for 2016/17. That was particularly pleasing because only our reduced number of Key Stage 2 pupils count towards that award.
We were also delighted to see so many of our pupils, staff and volunteers being highly commended or announced as runners up and winners of Dacorum School Sports Awards for 2017. This followed an amazing night at the Dacorum School Sports Awards in 2016 when members of our school community were presented with awards by Holly Webb, shortly before her Gold medal winning penalty in Rio.
Managed by the British Council, the International School Award is a framework for the international work of schools. Bridgewater Primary School has been awarded this certificate for its work in relation to Nepal, a cross-curricular project focused on supporting a school and a family in a village devastated by the 2015 earthquake.