Laleham Lea – Oscar Romero Award

5th July 2024 Off By Claire Williams

Laleham Lea School are delighted to have been awarded the Oscar Romero Award – Participator Level.

Acting Headteacher Mrs Reece said: “We are really proud and honoured to have successfully received this award which recognises our Commitment to Catholic Social Teaching, ensuring that it is at the heart of our strategy, curriculum and practical work.

“The Oscar Romero Award is a wonderful scheme – it awards schools and colleges for their commitment to Catholic Social Teaching and Justice in accordance with the teachings of Saint Oscar Romero. Our Catholic mission has always been strong and this award has recognised this and has encouraged us to strive to do even more in the new academic year and beyond.”

Feedback from our application said:

It is commendable that staff wellbeing at Laleham Lea is given a great deal of consideration, and the inclusion of the policy is testament to the importance placed on this. The newsletter shows evidence of the work of the Mini Vinnies, the Eco day and the work in the community, as well as the importance placed on the recognition of the achievements of the children.

The details in the curriculum strand and summary statement show how CST is being promoted across all year groups in many subjects. The focus on events such as the Black Lives Matter campaign and the use of external speakers to enhance the children’s understanding of CST is to be commended.

The evidence in the practical strand shows the importance placed on pupil voice and the commitment to raising money for others less fortunate. The work of the School Council and their focus on recycling bins, sensory garden planting and nature trail design is impressive, and it is a credit that they have managed to raise so much money for charity. The focus on the local food bank and the reduction of fees after the pandemic when families may have been in financial hardship is testament to your commitment to supporting those in need.

The self-assessment section shows that there is no complacency and that you are striving to shape the school as one where CST are guiding principles.”