Thorpe Primary launches bid for Stephen Lawrence Award

Ed Balls MP and Thorpe Primary headteacher Simon McCarthy with pupils and their new school logo.
Ed Balls MP and Thorpe Primary headteacher Simon McCarthy with pupils and their new school logo.

Thorpe Primary School has launched its campaign for a very special equality award with a multi-cultural showcase.

The performances marked the start of the school’s bid to reach the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard Award of race equality and inclusion and also launched its new logo.

Gilly Laverty, Thorpe Primary’s assistant headteacher, said: “The vision of our school is that race equality and cultural awareness is embedded in all we do in our curriculum and in our ethos, preparing our children to become responsible citizens and to bring about peace.

“The Stephen Lawrence Award will provide external validation for something we are doing a lot of already.

“Our classes are named after different countries, our curriculum embraces much racial awareness, we are a SEAL school which means we focus heavily on the social and emotional aspects of learning.”

This year Thorpe Primary School will be teaching its pupils further to understand others and promote discussion and debate about common values and diversity.

The new school logo has been designed by Year 4 pupil Bailey Ellis and addresses ‘how we can all shine’, promoting equality, that the diversity of people’s backgrounds is appreciated and valued and everyone has the same opportunities in their school.

In Friday’s showcase there were performances inspired by countries of different cultures, some from countries where they speak a different language and some which promote respect for each other.

The special assembly, which took place in front of parents and governors was also attended by Morley and Outwood MP Ed Balls.

Praising their talents after the show he said: “A huge congratulations to all staff and pupils at Thorpe Primary School for their hard work.”