‘Nurturing’ Baird Primary Academy receives prestigious national award from local MP

A LOCAL HASTINGS SCHOOL has made history in winning a prestigious education award for the first time.

The Baird Primary Academy school was presented with the prestigious Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award for good nurture and inclusion, by local MP Amber Rudd.

It is the first time a school in Hastings has received the award and only the second occasion that a school in East Sussex has achieved it.

The accolade is awarded by national charity Nurture UK to schools that demonstrate outstanding practice in supporting a range of pupil needs in their school nurture groups. Nurture groups are in-school, teacher-led groups that help children overcome barriers to making the most of school and learning.

Amber Rudd said:

“I am delighted that The Baird’s good work has been recognised this way.

“It is the first time a school in Hastings had been recognised this way and demonstrates the care and commitment of a school that encourages our children to aspire for and achieve success. High quality, nurturing relationships enable confident learning.”

Since the inception of the award scheme in 2007 only around 100 schools across the UK have achieved this recognition of elevated standards of trust, acceptance and self-value that help pupils meet the social and intellectual demands of school life.

Carly Walsh, Principal of the Baird Primary Academy said: “The achievement of the Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award is significant recognition of the hard work, dedication and determination of both staff and pupils at The Baird. We are extremely proud of this achievement and the difference that our fantastic nurture provision makes to pupils across the academy.’

Nurtureuk Chief Executive Kevin Kibble said: “Baird Primary Academy has evidenced its success in running an outstanding Nurture Group, and the beneficiaries of their hard work every day are the children attending the school, their families and the wider community. Our standards to achieve this award are exacting and many congratulations are due to the staff and pupils at the school for all their hard work.”




Notes to editors:

  • Attached is a photo of [TO COME] A Hastings first. Local MP Amber Rudd presents Carly Walsh, Principal of The Baird Academy, with the prestigious Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award for good nurture and inclusion.

The Baird Primary Academy: www.thebairdprimaryacademy.org.uk

The Baird Primary Academy has a team of talented professionals who share the aspiration that Every Child Succeeds. In February 2019 it achieved an Ofsted ‘Good’ rating. The academy offers a creative and innovative curriculum to excite and engage all pupils. It has a published admissions number of 60 and total capacity of 420 pupils. The academy also hosts a nursery for children aged from 3 years.


University of Brighton Academies Trust: www.brightonacademiestrust.org.uk

The University of Brighton Academies Trust is a network of 15 academies in Sussex all supporting each other – and our pupils – to excel.

We believe that education transforms lives. Enriched by the university’s contribution, we want to ensure that our 7,500 pupils are inspired to meet their potential and develop a passion for life-long learning.

We are a multi-academy trust which is a not-for-profit charitable company limited by guarantee.


About nurtureuk: https://www.nurtureuk.org/what-we-do/achieving-quality/marjorie-boxall-quality-mark-award

Nutureuk is a UK charity committed to ensuring every child is able to engage with education and no child is left behind. It runs an accreditation scheme for excellence in nurturing: The Marjorie Boxall Quality Mark Award. For more information about nurtureuk please contact lea@nurtureuk.org


About nurture groups

Nurture groups are an educational psychologist-designed, teacher-led intervention, which removes behavioural barriers to engagement and attainment in schools.  First developed in Hackney more than 40 years ago, there are now more than 2,100 nurture groups in nursery, primary and secondary schools across the UK. Once in the group, a nurturing philosophy rooted in attachment theory is used to ensure that children are provided with the early nurturing experiences that are vital to learning..