Awards & Quality Marks Achieved

St Wilfrids has achieved a number of Quality Marks and Awards since opening as an Alternative Provision Academy in September 2014. This is important to us as we use the awarding criteria as a framework for school improvement and to validate the work being done in the Academy and with our Stakeholders.

The Quality in Careers Standard is the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in secondary schools, colleges and work-based learning.
The Standard is accessible in England, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands and is fully aligned with the Gatsby Benchmarks for “Good Career Guidance”.
The Standard is “strongly recommended” by, and fully complies with, the Department for Education’s ”statutory guidance”.
The Department for Education recognises the direct link between positive mental health in schools and successful educational outcomes; the Mental Health Award for Schools builds on this link and provides a framework for educational institutions to evidence policies and initiatives that work towards improving emotional health and wellbeing for both staff and pupils.

The award ensures schools are using evidence-based approaches that align to professional and government guidelines. Utilising a developmental framework, which allows schools to evaluate current mental health practices, identify gaps, develop and strengthen these and work towards building an emotionally healthier environment. Through this process, schools commit to making mental health a strategic priority and developing a positive culture that promotes mental well-being for everyone.
This award takes a whole school approach to developing a culture of LGBTQ+ inclusion in your
school, whatever your starting point, providing a framework to evidence policies and initiatives for
both staff and pupils within the wider school community.
The Inclusion Quality Mark Award provides UK schools with a nationally recognised validation of their inclusive practice and ongoing commitment to developing educational inclusion.
The Inclusion Quality Mark Centre of Excellence is an opportunity for schools to build on the success of being one of the very special schools which holds the Inclusion Quality Mark award. A Centre of Excellence brings schools together to share and build on their existing good practice in inclusion best practice.
The Inclusion Quality Mark Flagship Award is open to schools who have held IQM Centre of Excellence for 3 or more years. The overarching aim of Flagship status is that an individual school which has achieved this status can now further its work in Inclusion through internal research activities.
The Inclusion Quality Mark ‘Inclusion Champion Award’ 2023
Trauma Informed Schools in an organisation committed to improving the health and wellbeing and ability to learn of the most vulnerable schoolchildren in the UK, namely those who have suffered trauma, abuse, neglect and/or have mental health problems or attachment issues.

Trauma Informed Schools/Organisations must evidence that vulnerable children are offered the time and space to make sense of painful life events with an emotionally available adult who is trained to listen, understand and provide verbalised empathic responses. They understand that children and young people who are not supported to process painful experiences and trauma are at risk of low self esteem, mental health problems and may go on to engage in inappropriate often harmful relationships with self and others and are likely to grow up to become vulnerable adults.
Thrive® promotes children’s and young people’s positive mental health by helping adults know how to be and what to do in response to their differing and sometimes distressed behaviour.

Based on established neuroscience, attachment theory and child development, the Thrive Approach provides training and an online profiling and action-planning tool to equip adults with the knowledge, insights and resources needed to develop the relationships that help children and young people to flourish and learn.
Thrive® Ambassador School with Excellence in Environment Award
Thrive® Ambassador School with Excellence in Leadership Award
Thrive® Ambassador School with Excellence in Relationship Award
Thrive® Ambassador School with Excellence in Right-Time Award
Thrive® Ambassador School with Excellence in Reparative Award
Thrive® Centre of Excellence Award
Silver Artsmark® Award