A PRIMARY school has become the first in its county to be recognised for creating an ideal environment for youngsters with behavioural disorders.

The prestigious ADHD friendly school award was granted to Evergreen Primary School, in Bishop Auckland, at the ADHD Foundation’s annual conference in Liverpool on October 4, making it the first in County Durham to receive the award.

Evergreen was acknowledged for displaying an outstanding commitment to all pupils with ADHD, for providing an array of support structures and ensuring that the pupils have access to the curriculum.

Evergreen Primary School pupils inspired by Kynren

All pupils at Evergreen learn about and celebrate neurodiversity, and lessons are structured to provide opportunities for thinking and reflection, with physical activity being prioritised for those with ADHD.

In addition to receiving the award, thorough staff training has been provided by the charity to continue the school’s efforts of producing efficient approaches to ensure that pupils with behavioural disorders are happy and continue to achieve.

A calming environment is arranged for pupils who sometimes find school to be a very anxious place.

Dr Tony Lloyd, chief executive officer of the ADHD Foundation, said: “It has been a privilege to work with Evergreen school.

“The staff have gone above and beyond to make their lessons and their school environment enjoyable, supportive and have provided safe spaces for their students with ADHD and I’m glad that they are getting the recognition for this that they deserve.”

Teacher Danielle Oliver said: “We have enjoyed being on this journey with the foundation and we are committed to achieving great outcomes for our children.”

The charity, based in Liverpool, works in partnership with individuals, families, doctors, teachers and other agencies in order to improve emotional well-being, educational attainment, behaviour and life chances through better understanding and self-management of ADHD, ASD and related learning difficulties.