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School Awards

At John Burns Primary School, we endeavour to do our best and achieve our highest. In doing so the school has achieved a variety of awards. 

Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) Gilt Award

The Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) is an award to enable primary schools across the UK to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their science provision. The PSQM Gilt Award has been awarded to us by local experts to recognise our commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.

Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said, 'Gaining a Primary Science Quality Mark is a significant achievement for a school. The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science, both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure scientific understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.'    


School Games Mark

The School Games Mark is a Government-led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels. We were awarded Bronze in 2018/19.


TfL's STARS accredited scheme inspires young Londoners to think differently about travel and its impact on their health, well-being and the environment. John Burns Primary School was accredited in 2018/19 with the silver award. 

Historical Association - Historical Fiction Writing Competition 2018

The Write Your Own Historical Fiction competition encourages young people to write their own fiction within a historical setting of their choice. The competition helps pupils to develop knowledge of a specific time period and to demonstrate knowledge of a specific time period and to demonstrate understanding through their own interpretations. 120 entries were judged by an expert panel and Ahlam Ali Yusuf's entry, ' Escaping the Wire - the Unknown Tale of Fernando Lopez' was judged 'Best Story' for the Year 5/6 category. 



Wandsworth Pupil Achievement Award 2017

In 2017 John Burns Primary School received a Pupil Achievement Award for being one of the top six schools in Wandsworth with the highest  proportion of disadvantaged pupils meeting the expected KS2 standard in all three: the reading test, writing teacher assessment and mathematics test in 2017.


Wandsworth Pupil Achievement Award 2018

In 2018 John Burns Primary School received two Pupil Achievement Awards.  John Burns was:

  • One of the top five schools with the highest average progress score in the reading test, writing teacher assessment and mathematics test combined in 2018.
  • One of the top four schools who achieved progress scores from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 well above the national average (in the top 10% of schools nationally) in each of reading, writing and mathematics in 2018. 

Congratulatory Letter from the Education Secretary and Minister for Schools 2018

We are delighted to have received a letter from Damian Hinds and Nick Gibb congratulating us on the very high level of progress that pupils demonstrated in the reading, writing and mathematics KS2 assessments in 2018.  Our school's results show progress scores of 5.9, 2.9 and 4.4 in English reading, writing and mathematics respectively. This means that in terms of the progress pupils at John Burns make between KS1 and the end of KS2, our school is amongst the top 3% of schools in England.

Click here to read the letter.    

H2O Heroes - Certificate of Excellence April 2019

Year 5 were involved in the H2O Heroes initiative aimed at empowering the school community to engage in saving water, energy and money by looking at water wastage. Young Leaders held quizzes for other classes, made posters and organised a cake sale as part of a water saving project to help the sustainability of the school. The cake sale funds have been used to purchase a new water butt for the school as well as providing a monetary donation to WaterAid.

A team of H2O Heroes were invited to present at a celebration event at City Hall.  They were asked to present to four judges at a stall and then address a conference room with six other schools. The school won a Certificate of Excellence in recognition of outstanding demonstration of outreach and embedded action in the H2O Heroes competition.    


Wandsworth/GLL Heritage Awards for Schools 2019

Year 5 entered the Wandsworth/GLL Heritage Awards for Schools and won 'Best Class' category for their portfolio of work about Battersea Power Station. On Thursday 4th July all pupils in Year 5 were invited to an awards ceremony at Wandsworth Town Hall.  They were presented with medals and certificates by the Deputy Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Sue McKinney. The school received a cash prize reward of £750 and the class have also won a trip to a trampolining park.