A Ripon primary school has become the first in North Yorkshire to receive a prestigious award.
Staff and pupils at Ripon Cathedral School are celebrating after being the first to gain the first level in the Stephen Lawrence Education Awards.
The awards were set up several years, in memory of the murdered teenager, to recognise and celebrate schools that have strong policies and practices in place to promote race equality.
Originally The Stephen Lawrence Education Standards were developed for Leeds to provide evidence of a school’s commitment to implement the Commission for Racial Equality’s Standard and Code of Practice.
The assessors praised Ripon Cathedral School’s commitment to celebrating diversity, and opportunities provided by the curriculum.
There are strong partnerships with an inner-city Leeds school, the chance to learn about other cultures through the arts and regular visits to London, all mentioned in the assessor’s feedback.
Headteacher, Darren Dudman said: “We are all delighted the school has been recognised in this way.
“Equality and diversity are central to our Christian school ethos. We all work hard at preparing our children to live in an increasingly rich and diverse society.”