A few months ago, we (Holy Island and Lowick) were nominated for a national award recognising the quality of the learning that goes on in the schools. The ‘Third Millennium Learning Award’ is being run by NAACE – a professional body which oversees the delivery of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) in schools across the country.

Dorothy Davies, one of our governors, raised the profile of Holy Island and Lowick at a national level a few years ago when we became the first schools in Northumberland to receive the prestigious ICT Mark. For this new award Dorothy has worked closely with myself, Mrs. Vanson, the staff and the children to bring together a video about the work of the schools.

There are only 16 other schools in the country who have won this award – a sign of just how special Holy Island and Lowick schools are. Dorothy and I were invited to Leicester for the presentation ceremony, where Vanessa Pittard from the Department for Education praised the schools for our innovative practice and the great work of the children.

It’s really something for such tiny schools, up here in the middle of no-where (!) even to have been ‘heard of’ by national organisations like the DfE and NAACE – never mind to win such an award.

Please find below a link to our video:


We were awarded Outstanding in both schools Ofsted Inspections  ARTSMARK: We have achived a GOLD award for our arts in school. "Artsmark provides a benchmark for arts provision that encourages schools to consider the opportunities they offer in art, dance, drama and music.  ICTMark Award  HealthandWellbeingLogo s   Active 08  Financial Management in Schools  Naace Feature School  3rd-Millennium-Learning-Logo-v5Eco Schools Bronze Award s

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