Green Tree School Award

In October 2020, we were delighted to achieve a Bronze Green Tree School Award which is run by the Woodland Trust.  It encourages outdoor learning and inspires children about trees, woods and wildlife.
Having achieved the Bronze award we are now working towards our Silver award.

Sainsburys School Games Mark- Gold

The Sainsbury's 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 of the Mark.

Schools are awarded these marks at bronze, silver and gold levels for their contribution to competitive sport both in and out of school.

To achieve GOLD level, Shaw Ridge has met all of the following requirements:


A system in place to track young people’s participation in the Sainsbury’s School Games.

Opportunities that attract less active young people to participate in physical activity.

Provide all students with two hours of physical education per week (within the curriculum only); and have extra curriculum provision in addition to this.

Engage at least 50% of students in extracurricular sporting activity every week.

Offer talented young sports people specific support to help them to develop their sporting potential.


Held a Sainsbury’s School Games Day as the culmination of a year-round competition programme.

A calendar of competition that demonstrates opportunities for young people with SEND to take part in competitions.

A notice board promoting Sainsbury’s School Games activity.

Use the Sainsbury’s School Games formats to provide the opportunity for both boys and girls to take part in the appropriate level of competition.

Use the Sainsbury’s School Games formats to provide the opportunity through inter-school competition for both boys and girls to take part in ‘B’ and ‘C’ - team standard competition.

Promote the Sainsbury’s School Games to parents and the local community once a fortnight; regularly feature match reports and competition results on the school website and in the local press.



Engage at least 20% of students in leading, managing and officiating Sainsbury’s School Games activity.

Have a School Sport Organising Committee or Crew in place.

Utilise sports coaches to support school sport.

Train wider school staff to support school sport.


Have active links with at least six local sports clubs.


Young Carers - Ambassador Award

We are really proud to be one of the first schools in Swindon to be given the Ambassador award in recognition of the work we do with our young carers in school.

Swindon Carers Centre provides support for young carers, including 1:1 support and group activities.

Swindon Carers Centre developed the Young Carer Award for Schools because young carers nationally were saying that they were not always getting the support they needed from their school or college. Local statistics suggested that young carers were not all achieving their academic potential.

The aim of the award is to ensure that a range of support is available and accessible to all young carers in order that they have the opportunities they need to achieve their full potential.

The Young Carer Award: Swindon Carers Centre has developed a set of 3 Standards across 5 areas:

Sing Up - Silver Award

Sing up is a national awards scheme, that aims to put singing at the heart of every primary school. There is a website that has a vast collection of songs and resources for different subject areas and topics.

We have already achieved the silver award in school

and we are currently working towards the gold          

award. We are doing lots of exciting things in school

in order to gain the award. We have playground

singing leaders who lead the children at playtime in

singing different playground songs. This term, we

are starting a 'write a song' club, where children

will have the opportunity to write their own song

and perform it. We have many opportunities to

singin school throughout the week; during

singing assembly, in the classroom, in the playground and on trips.

We encourage everyone to sing in school, from teachers to the children, TAs, MDSAs and even Mrs Cowell! We really enjoy singing in our school and will continue to work hard to achieve the Sing Up Gold Award.

Arts Mark Gold

In May 2012, we achieved the Artsmark Gold Award which recognises the prominence we place on the creative arts within and beyond our curriculum. Creative arts encompass a wide range of expressive forms from singing to drama from pottery to poetry.

We embarked on our journey to achieve Artsmark Gold a few years ago. Aware that we had achieved Silver previously we had become distracted by the building of a brand new building for us and the plan to knock down our old 1980’s building which we had outgrown both in size and purpose. As with any new building vast areas of Magnolia paint and new spaces that needed to be used, our creative staff planned in plenty of 3D and large scale opportunities for the children. A wood carver visited and turned the children’s ideas into a centrepiece for our new garden, parents, children and staff worked on a large tableau for the hall which depicted some of the aspects of Swindon’s industrial past and with extra space for ‘out of class’ music and drama, we developed close partnerships with a singing and drama teacher who ran an after school club and an African Drumming teacher who worked with a year group for a whole year. Some aspects of our clubs and curricular arts have extented beyond the children with , for example, some parents wanting their own Performing arts club and the staff forming a choir.

We have tried to make sure there is a wide range of the arts available to children of all ages and tend to run clubs for one term only before offering something else that will appeal to a different group of children. We found that small things like allowing year group teams to order specific craft materials rather than work from ‘stock’ items encourages variety and increases enthusiasm.

.For more information on achieving an Arts Award ‘Discover’ or ‘Explore’ certificate at Shaw Ridge please click here.



Active Mark

This recognises the significant time we all dedicate  to physical activity at Shaw Ridge to ensure our children are healthy.  To achieve this award we had to have 50% of our children participating in 3 hours of Physical education a week, through school PE lessons and after school opportunities.  There’s a strong link between

healthy bodies and healthy learners so we’re very proud to have received this recognition.

Healthy Schools Award

The Healthy Schools Programme (NHSP) is a joint initiative between the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and The Department of Health (DH) – which promotes a whole school / whole child approach to health. The Programme has existed since 1999. It is recognised as a key delivery mechanism in the Children’s Plan (DCSF 2007) and in Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives (DH 2008).

Healthy Schools are intended to deliver real benefits in respect of:

We want all children and young people to be healthy and achieve at school and in life.

Achieving National Healthy School Status recognises that being healthy is not just about children and young people, it is about the whole school community.




Eco - Schools - Silver Award




To help us in our quest to become a 'Sustainable school' we have been working hard towards the Eco-Schools Awards. We have already gained the Bronze and Silver awards and are now working towards achieving the Green Flag award. There are lots of criteria to meet to gain the Green Flag and therefore we need to ensure that we have everything in place that we need in order to pass the assessment.


International Schools Award

We have achieved the International School Award. It recognises Shaw Ridge as a school which integrates global issues and international awareness into the curriculum.

The International School Award enhances the idea of global citizenship. It also informs the wider community of our commitment to providing an international dimension

For more information on our Comenius partnership schools and the work we have done with them, click here.