Dundonald Primary School goes for gold

Dundonald Primary School is on a winning streak as it receives its second gold sustainable travel award from Transport for London (TfL) and a Gold Sportsmark from the Merton Schools Sports Partnership this week.

Mayor of Merton Councillor Agatha Akyigyina with children from Dundonald Primary School

Mayor of Merton Councillor Agatha Akyigyina with headteacher Fiona Duffy and children from Dundonald Primary School, who were presented with their three awards at a special celebration assembly

Mayor of Merton Councillor Agatha Akyigyina was there this morning (21 November) to congratulate pupils and staff on their success. The Sustainable Travel award recognises the school’s work on promoting active, environmentally-friendly and safe travel to and from school through TfL’s STARS (School Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe) accreditation scheme.  Examples to support the award include the children’s involvement with the support of parents and staff in the Walk Once A Week (WoW) scheme. The school also encourages road safety workshops organised by the council’s road safety officers and gets involved in events like The Big Pedal, the UK’s biggest cycle and scoot to school event.

Dundonald Primary School has also been awarded the Merton Schools Sports Partnership Gold Sportsmark Award 2014 for sporting excellence and commitment to keeping active. Pupils have regular, high quality PE lessons with highly motivated staff, and benefit from a broad range of sports clubs within the school.  They also have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sporting events and competitions both within school and at various venues across Merton. Sports Leaders are trained at the school in organising sporting events and clubs specifically for younger children.

In addition to the two golds, the school has also won £3,000 as part of the council’s Mega Recycle initiative having gained 212 nominations from local residents. As part of the Mega Recycle, the school has encouraged many people to recycle as much as possible.  All this in a week when the school was also ranked amongst England’s top 3% state primary schools in the Sunday Times top 500 list.

Councillor Agatha Akyigyina said: “Dundonald School is a wonderful place for children to come to learn and it was my pleasure to be there to congratulate the children on their successes. Our schools are very much a part of our communities and we all need to start thinking about greener ways to get around, being more active and lessening our impact on the environment by doing things like recycling. The pupils here are an inspiration to us all and I am sure they will continue these good habits well into the future.”

Merton Council cabinet member for education Councillor Martin Whelton said: “Dundonald Primary school is one of our best schools, rated Outstanding by Ofsted, in the top 30 schools in London and top 500 across the whole of England.  It is wonderful that the school children, with the support of their teachers and parents, continue to be successful, not only academically, but also in their work on being environmentally responsible members of the community.”

Headteacher of Dundonald Primary School Fiona Duffy said: “I’m proud of the children at the school. It is because of them, and because of our dedicated staff and governors, that we have won these awards. As a school we believe we play an important role in the community and we also believe in working with our children to develop good habits early on in life so they grow into well-rounded, environmentally conscious adults. To see ourselves in The Times’ top 500 too has really made this a great week for us.”