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St Andrew’s CofE Primary School is celebrating after winning a prestigious award for its commitment to excellence in science.

The Soham school – part of the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust – has achieved a Primary Science Quality Mark Silver Award.

It is one of just 180 schools across the country to win the accolade this year for its commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.

At St Andrew’s it was science lead Mrs Dao Cooper who developed the science curriculum and provision at the school.

The Primary School Quality Mark (PSQM) scheme enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts.

It is led by the University of Hertfordshire’s School of Education in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust.

PSQM’s national director Jane Turner said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school. The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, headteachers, children, parents and governors at St Andrew’s should be very proud.”

St Andrew’s headteacher Mike Harrison added: “We are delighted to win this accolade. Dao Cooper has worked exceptionally hard to develop science at the school and this award is well-deserved and a fantastic recognition of her hard work.”