Seaforth school achieves special award

By Simon Hart

A Sefton school has become the first mainstream setting in England to achieve an ‘ADHD Friendly School’ quality mark.

Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic primary school in Seaforth is dedicated to meeting the needs of children with neurodevelopmental disorders, and has spent the last two years training staff as well as ensuring access to physical activity and exercise for pupils with AHDH (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), and teaching self-calming strategies. The school also introduced a parents’ skills group so that a number of tools and best practice methods could be replicated at home.

Cllr John Joseph Kelly, cabinet member for Children's, Schools and Safeguarding, said: ‘This is a fantastic achievement for the school to be recognised as the first mainstream school in the UK to receive this award. All pupils deserve the chance to achieve their potential regardless of the barriers they have to learning and I hope it inspires other schools.’

Joan Jenkins, head teacher of Our Lady Star of the Sea, thanked Carolyn Lawler, the school’s special educational needs coordinator (SENCO), for acting as ‘a huge driving force in making changes’.

Speaking on receiving the award from ADHD Foundation patron Rory Bremner, she added: ‘I’m extremely proud to receive this award on behalf of all the staff at the school. We've worked hard to make the school fully inclusive, but it’s only been possible thanks to the joint efforts of the staff and parents and teachers all supported by the ADHD Foundation.’