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Success for Gwinear School

Gwinear School
Image caption The youngsters enjoyed a Sikhism day, a chat with a Russian speaker and more

A small primary school in Hayle has been recognised for its work promoting inclusivity and community cohesion.

Gwinear Community Primary School was described as "outstanding" by the judges at the Accord Coalition Awards.

They said the school will help ensure the social health of 21st Century Britain.

The headteacher, Helen Scholes, says it is important to educate children from a young age about the community and diversity.

Ms Scholes said: "The children learn to care for one another and learn to understand each other, and other people in the community and elsewhere in the world.

"We talk about their feelings, playing with their friends, how they feel if they're not included in a game.

"As they get older they can begin to understand how it might feel if they're discriminated against, if they're left out of the group. We might do exercises to help them see what that is like."

Strong praise

The school won strong praise from the judges for its outstanding Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender equality work, which included organising workshops for children led by a local charity dealing with LGBT bullying, as well as visits to the school from a gay parent to meet with teachers, parents and pupils.

The judges also said they were impressed at the wide range of work that the school undertook to teach about different religions and cultures.

They found it all the more impressive when they considered that the school is located in a relatively mono-cultural area. Gwinear only has 78 pupils.

Among the other activities the school undertook a biennial 'Modern Britain week', which this year included an Age awareness day with Age UK and a visit to a local care home.

Gwinear youngsters also enjoyed a Sikhism day, had a visit from a Russian speaker and took part in a series of workshops led by people with disabilities.

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