School Awards

Royd Nursery Infant School are pleased to announce that we WON the “Outdoor Learning Award” at the Sheffield Schools Get Active Awards 2023. As part of the attached pictures you can read some of the amazing opportunities that children at Royd are provided with linked to outdoor learning. We would like to say a big thank you to the staff at Royd that dedicate so much time and effort into planning and delivering these amazing opportunities that the children thoroughly enjoy and benefit from.
Also a huge congratulations to Deepcar St John CE Junior School who were highly commended for the “Primary Sports Leadership Award” at the Sheffield Schools Get Active Awards 2023. Deepcar St John CE Junior School has previously been nominated and won the “Inspirational Sports for Girls Award”. The Sports Leaders at Deepcar St John CE Junior School host a range of amazing opportunities for their peers. The Sports Leaders also deliver sessions at Royd Nursery Infant School on a daily basis. This has had a significant impact on physical activity at Royd. Furthermore, it has strengthened other aspects such as transition between the school as the Year 2s already have a friend(s). It has also developed children’s wellbeing, confidence and their agility, balance and coordination (the three aims of the Key Stage 1 curriculum).

Royd Nursery Infant School are in this week Look Local. The article links to schools amazing news about receiving the Artsmark Gold Award. The award is a nationally recognised award and celebrates excellence in delivering culture and creativity across the whole curriculum. The Artsmark sets out quality principles for schools to embed in their provision of Arts. Did you know that as well as delivering art, dance, drama and music lessons Royd provides children with opportunities such as taking part in an arts week (that is right – there is not a single pencil in sight unless it is used for sketching), strong cross curricular links (e.g. in computing children complete an art and a music unit of work), Rocksteady performance and concerts, after school clubs (e.g. dance and choir) as well as exposure to specialists in the arts (e.g. we have artists, dancers and musicians come into school and deliver workshops for the children to bring the subjects to life) as well as lots of other amazing things. To view the article please visit:


Artsmark Gold Award

Royd Nursery Infant School has recently been awarded the Gold Arts Mark award which is a nationally recognised award and celebrates excellence in delivering culture and creativity across the whole curriculum. The Artsmark sets out quality principles for schools to embed in their provision of Art including; striving for excellence and innovation, being authentic, creating a positive and inclusive experience and being exciting, inspiring and engaging. Below are the criteria Royd met to achieve this award;
• The setting values each arts subject and promotes arts for the value they have. Children have the opportunity to develop their skills over a longer period of time.
• The setting demonstrates equity, relevance and diversity for all.
• Through the whole setting’s planning, senior leaders drive and develop arts and cultural teaching and learning for all groups of children and young people.
• There is high engagement in arts and cultural provision and the setting demonstrates the developing voice and influence of all children and young people.
• The setting’s curriculum has embedded schemes of work that develop a progression of knowledge, skills and understanding for arts and cultural subjects across all phases.
• There is a shared understanding of what quality in the arts and cultural curriculum means and outcomes in arts subjects are strong.
• There are many opportunities to be creative and to perform in the arts, to access culture, see live performances and evaluate art works in a range of media.
• The setting has collaborated with other settings, organisations, and practitioners to develop staff’s knowledge, skills and understanding across a range of arts.
• The setting has collaborations in place which improve the quality of teaching and learning and are developing the cultural community by linking to local creative practitioners and organisations. Leaders are connected to cultural organisations and arts educational networks and the setting may share its resources and facilities with the community and with other settings where appropriate.


Royd are pleased to announce that we have achieved the Leading Parent Partner Award (LPPA).

A special thanks to staff, parents and governors that were part of the working party and / or who met with LPPA accreditor.

Thank you to all the parents who sent in the questionnaires.

LPPA is an exciting national award that will help us to improve our strategies to involve parents and carers more fully in every child’s learning experience.

One of the principle criteria of the award is the promotion of and participation in lifelong learning within the school for parents and carers. It is vital that parents and carers understand and support their child’s learning and development. Family learning can reinforce their relationships with their child and the school as well as developing their own skills and knowledge.

The LPPA offers long term benefits such as improved pupil attendance and behaviour and increased parental involvement and support. We hope to continue to improve communication between school and home and nurture the child/parent relationships by highlighting the benefits of adult learning and the positive impact this can have on a child’s education. This is a challenging but rewarding venture.

The benefits for children are:

It is easier for a child to learn when they get encouragement at home.

They will do better and achieve more when their parents or carers are involved.

Children get access to more activities in and out of school when there are more adults to help.

Their concerns can be sorted out more quickly when parents and carers have a positive relationship with school staff.

They are happier when their parents or other family members get involved in the school. It shows them that you are interested in what the school, is doing.

Allows them to see that you value what they are learning.

Gives them a sense of security.

Helps them to learn about good citizenship from your example.

The benefits for parents and carers are:

Your children do better when you are involved.

You are better able to help and encourage your children.

Parents can build their own confidence and skills.

You get to know the teachers and other parents.

You also gain a better understanding of how the school works.

Get to see how your child relates to other children and their teachers.

Have the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a contribution to the school and your child’s learning.

If you have any suggestions for how parents and carers and Royd Nursery Infant School can be involved together more fully in your child’s learning experiences, please get in touch.

Sports Mark 2022

A huge congratulations to all the staff and children at both Royd Nursery Infant School and Deepcar St Johns CE Junior School in achieving the Sports Mark Gold Award. As part of the annual Sheffield Physical Education Conference both schools were recognised for the high quality Physical Education and Physical Activity opportunities that we provide our pupils. In order to be awarded Sports Mark Gold both schools provided children with 30 active minutes per day, intra and inter competition opportunities, sports leaders, 50%+ children attending after school clubs to name a few. Physical Education and Physical Activity has so many benefits. For example it improves your mood, confidence, concentration, sleep patterns, health, leadership traits and friendships. Well done!

Eco Schools Green Flag 2022

Royd Nursery Infant School have recently received some exciting news. We can confirm that for the second year running we have received the “Eco Schools Green Flag” which is the top award. Please click on the following link to view the article in Look Local to find out a little bit more about the award:

We are really proud of the children and staff’s commitment to developing excellent environmental action and learning. A huge thank you to Miss Rawding and Mrs Heathcote for playing a key role in driving Eco related projects throughout the academic year. Well done everyone!



Primary Science Quality Award

Royd Nursery Infant School has been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark. The award focuses on developing effective, confident science leadership for the whole school impact on science teaching and learning. It is recognised that Royd has:

A clear intent and aspirational vision for science.

The profile and quality of science across the whole school is high.

Subject leaders implement an effective curriculum that is informed by research evidence and practice data.

Current provision is evaluated and a development cycle leads to sustained progress in science across the school.

School ensures a strong and positive impact in science.

Children make good progress, building and consolidating their knowledge and skills, developing positive attitudes above science and its value.

Teachers and children enjoy science lessons.


Children at Royd Nursery Infant School are at the forefront of using technology to enhance their work, and that’s official!

Royd Nursery Infant School has recently added to its growing list of regional and national awards. Our school has received The National Association for Education Technology (NAACE) Award. NACCE is a professional association that represents the voice of the UK education technology community in the schooling sector at a national and international level and is recognised by Ofsted. The school achieved the top grade in all elements of the Self Review Framework.

The award recognises the school’s success in developing the strategic use of computing and technology in both administration and across the curriculum.  Parents will have proof that their children are attending a school at the forefront of modern technology.

The way in which technology is used at Royd enables the children to access a broad and balanced curriculum which excites and engages all, whilst also preparing them for the future.  In order to be ready to apply for the award, school had to achieve a Level 2 across elements such as, understanding where we are at as a school with our technology strategy, planning the next stages of our technology strategy and recording our progress, on the Self-Review Framework.  A result of a well-planned computing curriculum and cross-curricular computing programme within the classrooms, with the skill and dedication of staff, enabled Royd to achieve Level 1 across all elements.

All staff and children at Royd are very proud of this achievement!  Please take a look at the following link for a piece in the Sheffield Star about the award and the Look Local too –


Eco Schools Green Award

Royd have been awarded with the Eco Schools ‘Green Award’. After previously gaining the “bronze” and more recently the “silver” awards Royd has now received the top accolade which celebrates the school’s commitment to being environmentally aware and looking after the plant. A huge well done to all of the children and staff especially the children that form the “Eco Warriors” team, Mrs Heathcote who leads this very talented and dedicated group of children, Mrs Barker who had previously submitted the documentation for the bronze and silver awards and to Miss Rawding who took over the role when Mrs Barker went on maternity leave and submitted the documentation required to achieve the Green Award. To read more about it please click on the following links:

Autism Professionals Awards

On Thursday 27th February, Miss Jones, Mr Sly, Mrs Swales and Mrs Fieldsend attended the National Autistic Society – Autism Professionals Awards. The school were nominated by the NHS Speech and Language Therapy Services department. The awards seek to acknowledge the outstanding contributions and achievements of individuals, teams and organisations who have demonstrated excellence, dedication and commitment to improving the lives of autistic people. It was an absolute honour to attend such a prestigious event and hear stories from professionals in the austic field as well as watching performances from children / young adults that have autism. It truly was inspirational. This nomination would not have been possible without the marvelous children that attend Rainbow Room or the hard work, dedication and high standards that Mrs Swales, Mrs Fieldsend and Mrs Levitt set. The children bring so much joy to school and there isn’t a day that goes by without laughter coming from Rainbow Room. Well done Rainbow Room children and staff for being recognised as national superstars!

Please click on the link below to see the newspaper article about our achievements.

Sheffield Schools Active Award 2020

As part of the city wide Sheffield Schools Get Active Awards 2020, Royd Nursery Infant School were awarded the ‘upskilling staff award’ coming highest in the city.  After being nominated for the award in 2018, Royd has put lots of work into continuing to upskills teaching and non-teaching staff across the whole school.  Winning this award demonstrates Royd’s ability in increasing the standards of PE lessons for children and boosting the confidence of staff in delivering PE.  The higher increase in staff confidence has boosted the children’s attitudes and approaches to PE as a subject – recognising the benefits physical development has to their health and wellbeing.


Sheffield Schools Active Award 2018

As part of the city wide Sheffield Schools Get Active Awards 2018, Royd Nursery Infant School received an ‘upskilling staff award’. The award recognises how Royd are upskilling teaching and non-teaching staff across their whole school in line with PE, Physical Activity and School Sport and it showcases the impact that this has had in confidence, standards of lessons, opportunities for pupils and attitudes towards PE as a subject area.


Charter Mark for Quality

The Foundation Stage team at Royd Nursery Infant School has been reaccredited The Charter Mark for Quality by the Sheffield Local Authority.  Staff were presented with the award at the Town Hall, where they also shared their practise with other schools.  One area of strength highlighted was the warm and caring relationships between staff and children.  Royd are proud of the environment created in the Foundation Stage to ensure children feel cared for and comfortable in their surroundings.  Another strength recognised by the Local Authority is the approach used in teaching Maths to the Foundation Stage children.  An active maths approach is used to engage and excite children about learning maths, where they can be physical whilst interacting with Maths concepts and activities.  This approach makes learning Maths fun for the children, whilst developing children’s gross motor skills at the same time.  We are really proud of this achievement!


Charter Mark for Quality

Congratulations to the Foundation Stage team who have been awarded the Charter Mark for Quality by the Sheffield Local Authority. The Charter Mark recognises quality early years provision in Sheffield. Our areas of excellence were highlighted as our ‘active maths approach’ and ‘partnerships with parents’.

Please click on the link below and scroll to page 14 to see the article about the Foundation Stage’s achievements.


Gold Sportsmark Award

Royd Nursery Infant School has recently been awarded the Gold Sportsmark which recognises our good/outstanding practise in PE.

Through our connections with LINKS we have completed the required criteria (see below).

  • School ensures all KS1 children take part in 2 hours of Physical Education within curriculum per week
  • Children are provided with activities to take part in during breaks and lunchtimes to encourage physical activity
  • Over 50% of KS1 children are provided with an opportunity to represent school in sporting activity
  • School has a specific curriculum set for KS1 to follow which includes a wide range of sporting activities focused on physical literacy and fundamental sports skills
  • Parents / carers are provided with regular information regarding PE and sport throughout the year and are provided information discussing their children’s progress in the subject area
  • There is set assessment criteria which is used throughout the school to analyse children’s performances in PE
  • The school links closely with specific local sports clubs and has a clear performance pathway in place
  • At least 20% pf KS1 children are provided with opportunities to lead PE and sport in school on a weekly basis.
  • At least 25% of KS1 children are engaged in extracurricular club activities per week

We are really pleased with the results and aim to continue and develop PE through school.

The Deep

Well done to the Year 2 children who have won the ‘School of the Week‘ award for their visit to The Deep for the second year in a row.

The Deep

Well done to the Year 2 children who have been awarded the ‘School of the Week‘ award for their fabulous behaviour during their visit to The Deep.