Boris Johnson, Member of Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, was delighted to join Hermitage Primary School in Belmont Road, Uxbridge for a ceremony to congratulate the children and staff on achieving Platinum status for their quality of playtime, which puts them in the top 10% of UK Schools for making playtime a key part of the school day.
Since Hermitage school have taken part in the Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) primary programme the children have become so engaged that behaviour incidents have reduced by 80 per cent. The school have been working towards this award for 2 years and it has transformed the way that children, staff and parents view play.
OPAL is a mentor supported school improvement plan and it addresses all of the areas schools must plan for if they want to improve the quality of play. The programme works with schools to support an entire cultural and practical transformation of the way that play is thought about, planned for, resourced and staffed.
Commenting on the visit Mr Johnson said “I congratulate everyone at Hermitage for the hard work they have put into improving play. I cannot think of a better revolution than working to ensure that the quality of day to day playtime matches the outstanding lessons that form the rest of the school day.“