Centre of excellence

What is the IQM

The Inclusion Quality Mark or IQM is a standard for assessing schools against a nationally recognised framework on Inclusion. The award encompasses equal opportunities for all pupils, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, attainment and background. It pays particular attention to the provision made for, and the achievement of, different groups of pupils within a school. An educationally inclusive school is one in which the teaching and learning, achievements, attitudes and well-being of every young person matters.

We are very pleased to announce that we have achieved our Inclusion Quality Mark Award – Centre of Excellence Status.


What is a centre of excellence?

Becoming a Centre of Excellence is an opportunity for schools to build on the success of being one of the very special schools which holds the Inclusion Quality Mark award. A Centre of Excellence brings schools together to share and build on their existing good practice in inclusion best practice.

Around 240 schools in the UK have met the standard required to become an IQM Centre of Excellence for outstanding levels of inclusion best practice and now Horizon Community College is one of them!

Have a read what the assessor had to say

We are proud to announce that we have been awarded Flagship status following our most recent Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) Inspection. Only 100 schools around the UK hold this award which recognises unique schools who have maintained Centre of Excellence status for at least 3 years, play a strong leadership role in developing best practice and evidence a commitment to inclusive practice.


The inspector summarised that “Inclusion occurs naturally and is rooted firmly in every aspect of the college due entirely to the efforts of the staff, led by the inspirational and aspirational Principal and her extremely effective leadership team and staff.”


At Horizon, inclusive practice allows us to support all students to be “school ready, work ready and life ready”. This year we have had a key focus on  enrichment, literacy and attendance with fantastic results.


  • “So far, this academic year, 96% of students have engaged in enrichment, trips, or interventions, and while this is outstanding, the commitment of the enrichment lead is that he will not be satisfied until 100% of all students engage in activities.”


  • “The student voice was animated as they talked about the opportunities the college provides for them.”


  • “In my discussions with leaders, the passion for literacy is palpable, with all stakeholders valuing literacy.”


  • Attendance is a key priority with attendance figures being “1% above the national figure and 2.1% above the local authority average.”


We are proud to be a leader of inclusion and would like to thank all who contribute to our inclusive environment and opportunities.


College Calendar

  • Thursday 27th June – Y11 Prom at Tankersley Manor Hotel
  • Wednesday 3rd July – Dance Show
  • Thursday 4th July – Dance Show
  • Friday 5th July – Dance Show
  • Friday 5th or Monday 8th July – Y6 Transition Days
  • Wednesday 17th July – Celebration of Achievement Evening