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Seaforth school achieves special award

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 Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, (ADHD) 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.

Headteacher of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Mrs Jenkins, said: “I am extremely proud to receive this award on behalf of all the staff at the school who have been recognised for their hard work with children who face additional challenges in the school environment.

“We’ve worked hard to make the school fully inclusive, but it has only been possible thanks to the joint efforts of the staff and parents and teachers all supported by the ADHD Foundation.

“A special mention should also go to our special educational needs co-ordinator, Mrs Lawler, for being a huge driving force in making changes to our everyday practices.”

Speaking on receiving the award from ADHD Foundation patron Rory Bremner, Mrs Lawler said: “I’m extremely proud to receive this award on behalf of all the staff at the school”.

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