Schools rewarded for their commitment to race equality

Pupils and staff from 24 Leeds schools and children’s centres will be awarded for their commitment to the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard at an inspirational event at Leeds Civic Hall on Monday.

Media opportunity

Date: Monday 15 June 2013

Time: 1pm – 3pm

Venue: Leeds Civic Hall, Banqueting Suite

Reporters/ photographers are welcome to attend to the ceremony. The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Thomas Murray and the Lady Mayoress Mrs Edna Murray will be attending the ceremony.

The awards ceremony is an annual celebration event for schools and children's centres that have achieved the standard which promotes race equality.

A handful of schools and settings outside of Leeds have now also achieved the Standard, having registered when the SLES originally launched nationally in 2010. This includes schools and settings who are from: Bradford, Bury, Camden, Nottinghamshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, Leicestershire, Peterborough.

Certificates are to be presented to schools and children’s centres achieving Levels 1, 2 or 3 this year. To achieve the award, schools and children’s centres have to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and evidence of promoting inclusion and race equality to help transform education.

The programme for the ceremony will give children and young people an opportunity to share their learning and understanding of being responsible global citizens. Pupils from Kirkstall Valley primary school and Cardinal Heenan Catholic high school will entertain over two hundred guests attending the ceremony, along with Khadijah Ibrahiim, performance poet and playwright

Councillor Jane Dowson, deputy executive member responsible for children’s services said:

“In Leeds we have a proud tradition of celebrating cultural diversity and the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard is an excellent way to broaden young people’s horizons and embed a culture of equality in our schools and communities.

“Our aim to be a child friendly city can only be achieved if our young people understand the importance of race equality, not only in schools, but in all walks of life. The standard encourages our children and young people to treat everybody equally regardless of their race, beliefs or religion.”

The standard was developed in partnership between Leeds City Council and black and minority community representatives, in response to the tragic murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 and the publication of the Macpherson Inquiry Report into Stephen’s death in 1999.

The award was the first of its kind in the country and the Standard was launched in 2003.

The standard is awarded to schools, children’s centres and colleges which demonstrate knowledge, understanding and evidence of promoting inclusion and race equality to help transform education.

Around 77 per cent of Leeds’ schools have already achieved the award, with others working towards it. In 2010 the programme was launched nationally and became available to schools and learning settings across the country.

The programme provides a powerful framework and programme for schools to work in partnership to enrich and improve the learning experience of children, young people and adults. Schools and learning settings collate a variety of evidence in support of their work and good practice

This ceremony is a celebration of the work Leeds schools and learning settings have done this year, in order to achieve the standard. For the first time, this year a number of schools from other towns and cities will also be attending the ceremony, they are:

• St Aloysius Roman Catholic Infant, in Camden

• Swanland Primary, in East Riding

• Horton Grange Primary, in Bradford

Staff from Meanwood children’s centre will be amongst those receiving their awards at the ceremony – Meanwood is the first children’s centre to achieve level 3 of the standard having completed some excellent work with children at parents at the centre.

Schools and settings achieving one of the three levels of the standard, and those whose commitment to the standard has been revalidated, will be presented with a framed certificate of endorsement.

Notes to editors:

The Leeds schools and children’s centres which have achieved the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard during 2012-2013 are:

Level 1

Collingham Lady Elizabeth Hastings' Primary School; Grange Farm Primary School; Holy Name Catholic Primary School; Parklands Children's Centre; Scholes (Elmet) Primary School; West SILC.

Level 2

Beeston Primary; Boston Spa School; Colton Primary School; Drighlington Primary School; Hunslet Carr Primary School; Methley Primary School; New Bewerley Community School; Roundhay School; Seven Hills Primary School; St Mary’s C of E Controlled Primary School, Boston Spa; The Co-operative Academy of Leeds.

Level 3

Kirkstall Valley Primary School; Meanwood Children's Centre; St Matthew's C of E Primary School.

Bronze Level (Level 3 revalidation)

Prince Henry's Grammar School, Otley; Swinnow Primary School; Wigton Moor Primary School.

The national schools and children’s centres which have achieved the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard during 2012-2013 are:

Level 1

All Hallows CE Primary School (Nottinghamshire); Arnold View Primary School (Nottinghamshire); Bridge Children's Centre (Nottinghamshire); Hampton Hargate Primary School (Peterborough); Hawtonville and Balderton Children’s Centre (Nottinghamshire); Heymann Primary School (Nottinghamshire); James Peacock School (Nottinghamshire); Lutterworth High School (Leicestershire); Ollerton, Boughton and Trent Villages Children's Centres (Nottinghamshire); Sherwood East Children's Centre (Nottinghamshire); Sherwood West Children's Centre (Nottinghamshire); St Aloysius Roman Catholic Infant School (Camden); St. Luke's CE Primary School (Bury); Swanland Primary School (East Riding); West Bridgford School (Nottinghamshire); William Lilley Infant and Nursery School (Nottinghamshire);

Level 2

Horton Grange Primary (Bradford)


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Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk