Go4it is a leading nationally recognised awards process for schools in the UK demonstrating creativity, innovation and an adventure for learning with a positive attitude towards risk. Go4it helps schools inspire and challenge students in order to further improve their life chances.
At Greswold, we encourage teachers to be innovative and make learning exciting. We encourage children to take risks in their learning and foster creativity across the curriculum. We embrace learning outside the classroom, within our own grounds and beyond. Through a pupil’s time at Greswold they benefit from a good number of education visits, clubs and events. We also offer residential visits in Years 2, 4, 5 and 6 – more than many other schools. Our School Council provides a strong voice for the pupils to engage with the life of our school. All these reasons helped us achieve the Go4it award in 2009 and again in 2012.
During our assessment in 2012, Greswold was praised for our innovative approach to teaching and learning. We were also proud to become of the first schools to be awarded a gold Go4It Award. In April 2013 representatives from the school travelled to London to receive our award at the House of Lords.
The Go4it trophy
Each year, we award the Go4it trophy to a particular child who has demonstrated risk taking in their learning. The winners so far are:
2015 - Ojas Supe
2014 - Holly Beasley
2013 - Arun Barnard
2012 - Tia Hau
2011 - Bradley Adams
2010 - Beth Harris
2009 - Charlotte Gower
National Healthy Schools Standard
At Greswold we recognise the need to provide both a physical and social environment that is conducive to learning. Through our taught Personal and Social Development (PSD) programme, our pupils learn about many aspects of health and healthy behaviour. We use the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) resources to deliver assemblies and lessons to improve children's understanding of their feelings. Our School Council provide a voice for pupils and have played an important role in improving Greswold. We have a themed week each year promoting health and physical activity. In July 2015 Greswold was celebrated again when our Healthy Schools award was renewed.
Modeshift STARS Bronze Award
Greswold is very proud to have been awarded a Modeshift STARS accreditation for our work promoting sustainable travel. Modeshift STARS is the national schools awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel. In the past academic year Greswold has offered Scootability in Year 1 and taster Bikeability sessions in Years 3 and 4. Year 5 have taken part in a week-long Bikeability course and Year 6 have worked with members of Solihull's team to promote walking or using public transport. We also can't forget Year 2 learning road safety as part of their Walk Smart programme and the whole school taking part in Walk to School Week.
The Modeshift scheme encourages schools right across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel and in so doing, improve the health and well-being of children and young people.
International Schools Award (Foundation)
The International School Award is an accreditation scheme for curriculum-based international work in schools. The scheme provides recognition for teachers and their schools working to instil a global dimension into the learning experience of all children and young people.
At Greswold we have been developing links with other countries over a number of years. Our work with the Educaid Africa charity has allowed our pupils to support the education of children in Kenya and learn more about their lives. Between 2007 and 2013 we developed links with Anhuibeili Primary School in Beijing, China. The link involved teachers from both countries visiting each other and pupils communicating via letters. Slightly closer to home, our Year 5 and 6 pupils correspond with pupils in France and have the opportunity for a residential visit to a camp site Normandy each year.