Headteachers react to new league tables

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THREE village schools share top spots in the county’s latest government league tables.

The primary schools in East Haddon and Naseby alongside Welton Academy saw 100 per cent of pupils achieve the expected level of English and Maths in this year’s SATs tests.

The top performing school in the town was The Grange School which saw 87 per cent of pupils reach the expected standard, a 17 per cent improvement on last year’s figures.

Headteacher Gaynor Yates, commenting on the results said: “Here at The Grange School, we are, as always extremely proud of all our pupils and staff.

“These outstanding results are a testimony to the rigour, high expectations and work ethic of everyone in our school.”

For five years running, Welton Academy, formerly Welton Primary School, has seen 100 per cent of pupils achieve the expected standard in the subject.

Headteacher Yvonne Watts said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been able to sustain the high standards at Welton for another year.

“This is as a result of our dedicated staff team and the high expectations that everybody has of the children, including their parents and themselves.

“I am a great believer that if you expect the best from children, then they do their very best to deliver it!”

The news was even more positive for East Haddon Primary School, where pupils also attained top marks for the second year running but, due to the average points score, was judged to be the second best school in the county and 36th in the country.

Headteacher Claire Truslove said: “We are always proud of all of our children but we are especially proud of them this week. There has been a real buzz around the school what with the results and Christmas shows.

“It has been a team effort from all of the staff here and we have such fantastic children.”

It was also positive news for Pattishall Primary School where results were the most improved from last year’s figures.

Only 55 per cent of pupils at the school reached the expected standard last year with 86 per cent of pupils reaching the minimum standards.

Headteacher Brian Curtis said: “We are very pleased to be the most improved in the area. We have tried to do things slightly differently so we can achieve a bit more.”

Byfield Primary School finished bottom of the table with only 56 per cent of pupils reaching the standards in English and Maths.

Headteacher Andrew Ward said: “I am very pleased that each child has made their expected progress in Key Stage 2.

“Although only four of the children have been through our school all the way through.

“Our high-achievers did particularly well. We have a small cohort and two of our high achieving children left, who would have got level five, which would have put us nearer the top. There is not a drop in standards at all.”

Joint second from bottom is Southbrook Junior School, now part of the Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village, and Brington Primary School which saw 57 per cent of its pupils reach the expected standards.

The former showed a 24 per cent increase from last year and the latter a 31 per cent decrease.

An average of 76 per cent of pupils in Northamptonshire achieved the expected standard in English and Maths, three per cent below the country’s average. Visit www.education.gov.uk for the full tables.