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The Quality in Careers Standard is the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in schools, colleges and work-based learning. It is fully aligned with the eight Gatsby Benchmarks for “Good Career Guidance” and fully complies with the Department for Education’s ‘statutory guidance’.


The Quality Mark for Basic Skills in Primary Schools recognises a school’s ongoing developments in planning for, delivering, assessing and monitoring high quality basic skills teaching and learning.


The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress.


Unicef works with schools in the UK to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. The Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools Award celebrates schools which embed these values in daily school life and gives children the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives and to be responsible, active citizens.


Charities and ‘not-for-profit’ organisations across Kirklees can apply for the Kirklees Volunteering Quality Award, which recognises good practice in volunteer management, with the organisation demonstrating that it values their volunteers and offers a high quality volunteering experience.


Healthy School Status requires schools to meet criteria in four core health themes:

  • Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) including Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), Health Education (HE) and Drug Education (including alcohol, tobacco and volatile substance abuse.)

  • Healthy Eating

  • Physical Activity

  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)

These criteria relate not only to the taught curriculum but also to the emotional, physical and learning environment that the school provides.

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Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development runs through everything we do at Castle Hill.  This nationally recognised Quality Mark recognises the work that we do in this area for students and the wider school community.


The Makaton Friendly Scheme recognises organisations that strive to make their services accessible to people who use Makaton to aid their communication.


The Kirklees Inclusion Quality Standard is run by the Local Authority,  is awarded for establishments that demonstrate consistently systems and practices that promote high levels of inclusion.


Music Mark is an award from The UK Association for Music Education, recognising a commitment to providing high quality music education for all children and young people.


In May 2021 Castle Hill School has a Safeguarding Audit completed by the NSPCC
Visit the NSPCC website for further information relating to their work.

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The Primary Science Quality Standards Mark


Primary Science Quality Mark is a year-long CPD programme. It focuses on developing effective, confident science leadership for whole school which in turn impacts on science teaching and learning

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'The School Mental Health Award Gold, accredited by Leeds Beckett University recognises excellence in mental health and wellbeing strategies, structures, practices, and outreach. The award ensures schools are using evidence-based approaches that align to professional and government guidelines. The award utilises a developmental framework, which allows schools to evaluate current mental health practices, identify gaps, develop, and strengthen these and work towards building an emotionally healthier environment.