TWO primary schools have been recognised for their commitment to science teaching and learning.

Hovingham Primary School and St Hilda’s in Ampleforth, which are federated, were both selected for the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM).

They were among 230 schools given the award last month to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.

The PSQM scheme enables schools to work together to share good practice.

It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning.

James Pymm, head teacher at Hovingham and St Hilda’s, said: “I’m delighted that the hard work of staff in further developing science, the love for learning that pupils have and the support from parents has been recognised.”

Jane Turner, PSQM national director, said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school.

"The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high.

“Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science, as well as secure scientific understanding and skills.

“Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”