THE INSPIRATIONAL work of science teachers at Parkside has won the school a prestigious national award.

The Cullingworth secondary school is the first in West Yorkshire to be awarded the Silver Science Mark in recognition of the excellent work of its science department.

Science Mark was created by STEM Learning, which spearheads Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics teaching across the UK, to celebrate best practice in secondary science departments.

Schools and colleges receive the Science Mark when they show they are delivering inspiring lessons for students and demonstrate their department’s commitment to high-quality science education.

Parkside head Andy Taylor said receiving the award was a proud moment for the science staff, himself, and all Parkside staff.

He said: “It is recognition of the relentless work undertaken by the science staff and indeed all staff who work with a moral purpose on behalf of our students. It continues the significant improvements seen at Parkside School over the last few years.

“To be the only school in West Yorkshire and one of only two schools in Yorkshire to have received this national award is further proof of the quality of work being undertaken here.”

Adam Little, Professional Development Leader at STEM Learning, said the assessment process for the Science Mark was very rigorous, ensuring the programme was a true hallmark of quality science teaching.

He added: “Each school and college who receives Science Mark has demonstrated a real and ongoing commitment to excellent science education in their school. Parkside School is a great example of this.”