Our Awards & Quality Marks:

Blackhorse Primary School has achieved a variety of Quality Marks and Awards which we use to focus our efforts on improving different aspect of the curriculum. Each shows our commitment to different aspects of learning and the quality of the teaching in that area across the school. 

Existing Quality Marks:

Judged by COSE as one of the best providers of physical education in the South West in Sept 2013, Blackhorse earned the School Games Gold Quality Mark in September 2014 in recognition of the school's high quality sports provision. To achieve this award the school had to:

  • provide all students with two hours of physical education per week (within the curriculum only);
  • engage at least 50% of students in extracurricular sporting activity every week (at Blackhorse it's 79%).
  • offer talented young sports people specific support to help them to develop their sporting potential;
  • 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.
  • engage 20% of children as Sports Leaders.
  • Have links with at least six Sports Clubs (Currently: Bristol & West Athletics, Downend Cricket Club, Bristol Rovers, Downend & Fishponds Lawn Tennis Club, Cleeve Rugby Club, Pomphrey Hill Sports Club).

The oldest of our Quality Marks, Healthy School Mark is awarded in recognition of the school's work in promoting Healthy Lifestyles. It is split into four key areas: 

  • Emotional Health & Well-being
  • Healthy Eating
  • Personal, Social & Health Education
  • Physical Activity.

As a healthy school, Blackhorse works hard to promote these areas across the curriculum.

The Bike-it Bronze Award recognises the schools commitment to promoting cycling as a healthy and sustainable way to get to and from school.


To achieve the mark, Blackhorse had to demonstrate that we actively promote cycling by holding events throughout the year. Indeed, Blackhorse has been so successful at promoting cycling that we came 9th Nationally in the 2012 Big Pedal competition and 16th in 2013, coming 1st in the South West in 2012, 2nd in 2013 and 5th in 2014. We have been ranked first in South Gloucestershire in 2012, 2013 & 2014.. 

The Eco-Schools Silver Award was awarded 2 years after the school achieved Bronze and demonstrates our continued commitment to teaching children about sustainability. The school had to demonstrate that we have the following criteria in place to be awarded Silver:

  • Have a pupil run Eco-committee which monitors sustainability within the school.
  • An Action Plan needed to have been written by the Eco-committee.
  • The school involves the wider community in Eco-schools activities.

The Sing-up Silver Award, builds on the Bronze Award achieved in 2011. Sing-up helps the school to develop creativity through singing. To achieve this award we had to show that the children:

  • Sing in every class more than twice a week, in and out of the music lesson
  • Share singing with their peers
  • Identify ways to improve their singing
  • Contribute ideas to broaden singing activity in the school including choosing repertoire

The International School Foundation Award shows that the school is embedding global understanding within our curriculum. This shows that Blackhorse:

  • Champions international work and collaboration with partners to build and develop lasting relationships
  • Benchmarks best practice and shares professional development in teaching and learning
  • Engages children in both the global economy and global citizenship and develops their skills for life and work
  • Supports whole-school projects that contribute towards school improvement
  • Enriches learning through international work.

The Primary Science Silver Quality Mark was awarded in September 2014, making Blackhorse one of only 12 schools in the greater Bristol area (and the first in South Gloucestershire) to receive this award. 

It is awarded in recognition of the school's high quality Science curriculum, links to higher education establishments and emphasis on scientific inquiry.

Blackhorse Primary became the first school in South Gloucestershire to achieve the Bronze Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Mark in 2013 and expects to be awarded Silver in November 2014. 

LOtC Mark (Silver) recognises that Blackhorse has a strong commitment to providing frequent, continuous and progressive outside experiences for all pupils across the curriculum. The full criteria for this mark can be viewed here.

Quality Marks currently being worked towards:

The E-Safety Mark demonstrates the school's commitment to ensuring that children are safe online, through auditing its E-safety provision and emulating best practice nationally. 

So far the school has created a E-safety committee comprising staff and governors, reviewed all our E-safety Policies and written a new Acceptable Use Policy for Staff, Pupils and Parents, developed a E-safety scheme of work which is taught throughout the school and regularly updated parents on E-safety matters (Click here to view our E-safety pages). 



Bike It Silver Award follows on from the Bronze Award gained in 2012 and builds on the school's good practice in encouraging children to cycle (or scoot) to school.

To achieve this mark we need to show a long-term commitment to cycling and have this embedded within the school curriculum. We also have to encourage the wider community to get involved (like we did at our Bike It Breakfasts and Inter-school Duathlon).


In 2014-15 Blackhorse aims to become one of the first Primary Schools to earn the Employability Charter Mark. The quality mark is aimed at ensuring life skills are included within the school's curriculum and that the school prepares children for the next stage in their education and (eventually) the world of work.

We are particularly focusing our development work this year on how the Resource Base curriculum supports our learners as they move on to the next stage of their education.