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CBA Achieves Every Child Matters Gold Award

CBA’s efforts to ensure every student has the opportunity to succeed have been recognised with a top award.

The Academy met the tough criteria for the Gold Every Child Matters Quality Mark after presenting portfolios of evidence to inspectors who visited the Academy last week.

The assessors (pictured) also had the chance to speak to students to hear for themselves the work CBA carries out to provide an inclusive, supportive environment.

They were looking for examples where the Academy helps students to achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes, which include economic well-being, enjoy and achieve and making a positive contribution.

CBA also had to prove it works with partners and stakeholders, demonstrate its leadership and show how it supports students to achieve more.  

The assessors - Robert Haywood and Julian Souter - said one student's comment summed up their impressions of life at CBA: "The school puts the ladder there; it's up to us to climb it."

Mr Haywood said: "What impressed us was that the school has been able to demonstrate that the achievement and well-being of every child here really does matter and that the school understands that students need to feel included."

Mr Souter added: "Another huge strength is the Student Voice, especially because this is an enterprise centre. CBA is helping children to learn transferrable skills.

"Students told us they feel like they are listened to and said they are proud to go to CBA."

The inspectors said they were particularly impressed with the popular Children's University programme - where students gain credits for the hours of after-school activities they notch up - along with the Heroes 'buddy' scheme and the Student Senate and Forums.

Principal Andrew Campbell said: "Gaining the prestigious Gold Award is another milestone for CBA that shows our community we are truly committed to helping every student achieve their very best.

"It is an excellent way to end 2010."

Only 150 schools in the country have been, or are in the process of being awarded the Gold Quality Mark.

CBA achieved the bronze award last December, with the assessor recommending that the Academy bypass the silver stage and go straight for gold.