10-year milestone for caring school
A PRIMARY school praised for being a caring and fun place to learn celebrated its first decade by burying a time capsule.
The Parks Primary in Courtway Road opened in 2002 as a merger of Courtpark and Danepark schools.
On Thursday, the school's 300 pupils held a ten-themed day.
Deputy head teacher Nicky Sansam, who has been at the school since it opened, said: "The children have been having lots of fun enjoying activities involving the number ten.
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"So at 10.10am we held a special assembly to celebrate our milestone.
"We buried a time capsule containing ten modern-day items, then released ten balloons."
Pupils and staff also tucked into a birthday cake, complete with ten candles.
Although a relatively new school compared with others in north Hull, Mrs Sansam said it had been well received by the close-knit Orchard Park community.
She said: "We pride ourselves on being a community school. We regularly invite parents to the school, as well as guests such as the local PCSOs.
"The Parks has very strong community links, which is very important for any school to develop."
In April last year, Ofsted inspectors rated the school "satisfactory" overall, although it achieved "good" ratings in several important areas.
Inspectors said: "This is a satisfactory school. There are significant strengths, particularly in the Early Years Foundation Stage which is outstanding overal.
"Pupils' enjoyment of the school is summed up in comments such as, 'Teachers go out of their way to make learning fun'.
"This is a very caring school where every child really does matter.
"School leaders have rightly established an ethos where academic expectations are equally high.
"Correspondingly, pupils make good progress during their time at the school and although low, attainment has been rising for the past two years."
Mrs Sansam: "It's a lovely school, with a great atmosphere and it is going from strength to strength each year."
The school is working hard to raise attainment in science and doing more to challenge high-ability pupils by planning work that stretches them.