Kentmere Academy and Nursery wins World Class School award

Date published: 08 July 2021

Kentmere Academy and Nursery in Smallbridge, Rochdale has been named as a World Class Primary School.

The World Class Schools Quality Mark accredits schools whose students have successfully developed World Class characteristics.

Students are encouraged to overcome socio-economic barriers to recognise and achieve their potential through unique real-life work experiences, access to a lifelong peer support network and cultural opportunities that take them beyond their local community.

To achieve the award, it was the children themselves who had to provide evidence about why they considered Kentmere to be World Class. The Year 5 and 6 children worked hard to produce a video and powerpoint about the school.

The announcement was made at the World Class Status Quality Mark’s Symposium on 1 July which was held virtually and welcomed World Class primary and secondary school leaders, staff and students from across the UK and internationally.

This award adds to the previous accolades already won by the school which has continued to go from strength to strength since Ofsted declared it to be 'Outstanding' in all areas in January 2018.

In 2019 the school was awarded the Pearson Primary School of the Year Silver award and has recently been shortlisted for the Play Space Award.


The school's executive headteacher Sarah Isberg said: "The award is an absolute vindication of all the hard work and determination in proving the school to provide the best possible education for every child. This award shows what can be achieved with sheer hard work and determination.

"I am incredibly proud to have led the school on its journey from Special Measures to World Class status."


Mrs Nicola Howard, Head of School at Kentmere
Nicola Howard, Head of School at Kentmere Academy and Nursery


Nicola Howard, Head of school at Kentmere said: "We are so proud to be awarded World Class Schools Status. This has been an accreditation that was led by the children, which included creating and recording content, collaborating with World Class Ambassadors and working on an ambitious challenge with schools across the country.

"It is an amazing achievement and something to celebrate."

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