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An Inclusive Education


We take our commitment to inclusivity very seriously here at Bury Grammar School.

We are proud to be a Gold Standard Centre for Inclusion in Education.

Feedback from Leeds Beckett University indicates that we are 'Excelling' in the competencies and framework used to assess schools.

We are also proud to be an IQM (Inclusion Quality Mark) Centre of Excellence, 2023 and 2024.

The Inclusion Quality Mark Award provides UK schools with a nationally recognised validation of their inclusive practice and ongoing commitment to developing educational inclusion. The IQM team visited our school to evaluate and measure how we are performing; helping us to learn and grow. Approximately 17% of schools in the UK have either received an IQM Inclusive School Award or are actively working towards meeting the standard required and 0.6% have achieved the Centre of Excellence status.

Inclusion promotes equal opportunities for all pupils, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, attainment, and background. And IQM’s assessment pays particular attention to the provision made for, and the achievement of, different groups of pupils within a school and any pupils who are at risk of disaffection and exclusion. 

Ofsted defines an educationally inclusive school as one in which the teaching and learning; achievements, attitudes, and well-being of every young person matter.

Here are some of the findings from our School’s Report on IQM Inclusive School Award 

“Inclusive values are central to... (Bury Grammar) School’s ethos... It is the human element of the way in which the School is led.”

“Children and young people are developed as a whole during their time at Bury Grammar School. The focus is not solely on academic outcomes but their character development, enrichment opportunities and mental health and wellbeing. This means that they are well-rounded individuals who are equipped with the skills to succeed academically.” 

“Bury Grammar School is a calm, happy place to be. Consistency of approaches, with a clear commitment to inclusion from all mean that the School has excellent practices in place.” 

The Verification Report awarding our Gold status mentioned the following:

"Leadership of diversity and inclusion permeates all the way through the organisation...and (has) a strong focus on wellbeing."

"The link between LGBTQ+ lived experiences and wellbeing/mental health has been explored and is understood by staff – there is a culture in the school where staff respect the pupil’s level of knowledge in this area and adopt a ‘ready not reactive’ approach to LGBTQ+ inclusion."

"LGBTQ+ inclusion is not an add-on at Bury Grammar, the team have worked incredibly hard to ensure that there is a strategic approach to inclusion, and this is evident in the palpably inclusive culture of the whole school."