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

  • The atmosphere in the College is warm and friendly and everyone goes about their business purposefully and positively. The students I met have high hopes for the future and believe everything is possible if they work hard.


  • The Principal’s Team lead the College very efficiently and with great passion. They have high expectations and are ambitious for their students. Inclusive practices permeate every aspect of the College and there has been a huge investment in making sure inclusion happens.


  • The College prioritises the Personal Development of students above all else. They want to develop the whole child and have a holistic approach.


  • In conclusion, Horizon Community College is an example of a truly inclusive school. Its inclusive practice in so many areas is impressive. It has much to be proud of.

Important Information

Dear Parents/Carers

Please note the College is open today and Year 11 will be expected on site for their Mock Examinations. However, for Years 7 to 10, if you cannot get your child to school safely today, then please ensure that they access remote learning via Teams. For safeguarding purposes, please email in to if your child is not going to be in and will be accessing Teams.

Any child who accesses Teams remotely today will receive a present attendance mark of a B code (educated off-site). If your child does not access Teams then they will be classified as absent Please note that attendance codes will be updated throughout the day.

Mrs Huddart


College Calendar

  • Tuesday 12th December – 14th December – School Show
  • Tuesday 16th January – Y8 Parents Evening
  • Tuesday 6th February – Y11 Parents Evening 2
  • Tuesday 27th February – Y9 Parents Evening
  • Tuesday 16th April – Y10 Parents Evening
  • Tuesday 30th April – Y7 Parents Evening