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Silverdale Primary Academy nominated for a Happiest School Award

Silverdale is a Primary Academy which is part of the Hastings Academies Trust, for children aged between 4+ and 11+ years with 630 pupils on roll. It is situated in the northern part of St Leonards-on-Sea.

Liz Miles, Academy Principal has nominated the school for the Happiest School Award because in her words:

'Silverdale have worked with The Art of Brilliance running positivity and happiness days for staff, pupils and parents. This awareness and promotion of positivity runs through everything that we do and is understood by all our community. We run a Silverdale Sparkles competition throughout the year to keep the high profile of this ethos, and every class in the school has a display that re-enforces this value – we choose to shine.

'We have seen such an impact from this promotion, that over the course of the last academic year, children from Silverdale have visited other schools across the town and delivered happiness workshops to their children. They have then helped these children deliver the workshop to their parents.

'In turn, the children from these other schools are now visiting more schools so that the positivity is spreading across Hastings. This is part of ‘Hastings Thrives’, a commitment from the 22 schools across the town to raise achievement and aspiration.

'In 2008 Hastings was the 30th most deprived town in the country according to the national deprivation index. We are now the 13th, with some of our children living in the bottom 0.04% of poverty nationally. In order to encourage and promote our community to become more positive and aspirational we have coordinated and taken part in a series of events across the town.

These have included a Hastings Song Contest and a Sky Parade – where nearly a thousand children danced on the pier. The dance is about the power of positivity spreading and was originally filmed at Silverdale and shown to all our parents.'

It sounds like Silverdale Primary Academy is a school who puts the happiness of its children at the core of everything they do. 

Tell us why your school is a happy school by nominating it for Happiness Award 2016.

Go to the Awards page to find out how to nominate your school, business, organisation or team member for a Happiness Award 2016.

Nominations close on the 17th October 2016.

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