An East Lancashire primary school has become one of only five in the UK to achieve the Gold Level Attachment and Trauma Sensitive Schools Award (ATSSA).

St Augustine’s RC Primary School in Burnley, has previously been awarded the bronze and silver levels, and has spent the last three years working towards the gold award.

The award aims to ensure that everyone within the educational environment has a good knowledge of the needs of children and young people who have experienced adversity.

It also aims to provide a framework of support and understanding in children who are adopted from care, in the care of the Local Authority, or who live with parents who cannot, for whatever reason adequately meet their needs.

To achieve gold, they had a virtual visit from award accreditor, Dr Jennifer Nock.

Dr Nock said: “I should like to warmly congratulate the St Augustine’s staff on achieving the award, which is an external sign of recognition of your commitment to the steps you have taken to develop a culture of compassion and nurture, and to become a truly attachment- and trauma-responsive setting.”

During the visit, the staff at St Augustine’s had to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to becoming an ATSSA school, and they are now being hailed a beacon of best practice.

Headteacher Sinead Colbeck said: "In light of the current situation with schools unable to fully reopen, the work we have been doing over recent years has never been more important.

“It has prepared us well for welcoming the children back into school where their emotional wellbeing and mental health will remain a priority for us all."