Croydon school recognised at nationwide communication awards

By - Monday 14th April, 2014

Aerodrome Primary School, in Croydon, has recently been highly commended for the Primary School of the Year Award at the 2013/14 Shine A Light Awards for their campaigning work to develop deaf children’s and young people’s ability to communicate within communities.

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Release begins: “Staff and pupils at Aerodrome Primary School in Croydon, London, are celebrating after being highly commended in Primary School of the Year category at the 2013/2014 Shine A Light Awards for their work supporting children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

The Awards, held in London last week and hosted by Broadcaster and Health Campaigner, Anne Diamond, are run by Pearson Assessment in partnership with The Communication Trust to honour individuals, teams, campaigns, communication friendly settings and communities that have excelled in their support of children and young people’s communication.

The school was highly commended for their passionate approach to supporting children with communication difficulties including tailored support packages for pupils encompassing social, education and emotional wellbeing.

Judges were impressed by the school’s living language’ project, a multi sensory approach to learning with an emphasis in explorative and play based activities. Children have opportunities to access a wide range of experiences through functional language and life skills such as visiting the farm or buying ingredients in the supermarket for cookery sessions.

Victoria Prigg, Assistant Headteacher at Aerodrome Primary School, said: “We are immensely proud to have been highly commended at the Shine A Light Awards. We opened in 2012 and it is brilliant to have been recognised for best practice in supporting children with SLCN. However, we are now inspired to use other examples of good practice to further develop our approach in achieving best outcomes for all children with SLCN within our whole school setting.”

Chris Hall, Managing Director of Pearson Assessment and Shine A Light Award Judge, says: “It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Aerodrome School for being highly commended in the primary category. We have been blown away by this years nominations and seen some truly inspiring examples of work being carried out to support children and young people with SLCN. With the awards now in their third year, we are excited to have helped over 90 teams shout about their work and go on to inspire others.”

At Aerodrome School projects, such as designing and making a space rocket to fly to the moon, are used within the classroom. These projects encourage children to use their language and at the same time develop independence, group work and collaboration skills.

Staff members are also trained and supported to reinforce vocabulary that has been used, helping children to actively use it during school activities.

For the full list of Shine A Light winners and highly commended finalists, visit“ Release ends.



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