At Light Oaks Junior School we are committed to educating our pupils about the wider world and its different cultures and seek to ensure that the core British value of tolerance and acceptance of others' faith and culture is promoted across the school. We therefore strive to include an international element across the curriculum. During the last decade, Light Oaks Junior School has been awarded the prestigious International School Award several times by the British Council. This award was given in recognition of cross-curricular activities which brought an international element to the children’s learning. This academic year we will be applying to the British Council for reaccreditation of the award. We have planned several international themed activities such as a Spanish Day, where the children learn about different Spanish Speaking countries and their cultures as well as some of the language. We are hoping to make some new links with schools oversees in order to complete some shared projects and help our pupils learn first-hand what life is like in other countries. We are particularly keen to develop links with a partner school in the United States of America, which is mainly Spanish speaking, to link with our language learning. By further developing this international element to our curriculum, we hope to help Light Oaks’ pupils become global citizens who are well-informed and culturally aware.
We are the first school in the country have been awarded the Emotionally Friendly Schools' Silver Award,and we are now an ambassador for this initiative across the Local Authority and further afield. We work hard to ensure that we look after the mental health and wellbeing of all our pupils, staff and other members of our school community and we teach children how to stay mentally fit, including teaching them the skills of resilience and grit.
We also have the Gold Schools' Games Mark for PE, The Fair Trade Achiever Award, One Education Silver Award for Reading and definitely need a bigger trophy cabinet for all the other awards and trophies we win across the year.
We are also a Heart Safe School and were named HeartStart Educational Establishment of the Year 2014 for our work providing all pupils and staff first aid and CPR training, which we do annually. We have also been awarded the Salford Sports Network School of theYear award for 2019 and have been regognised fopr our sommittment to music provision by Salford's Music and Performing Arts Service.
In 2019-20, we are working hard to acheive the Emotionally Friendly Schools' Gold Award, and we are hoping to become a Rights respecting School through Unicef with our work on the Children's Rights, as well as continuing to apply for the Gold School Games Mark, which this year, would entitle us to apply for the prestigious Platinum award.