School in special measures turning things around

Pupils with Year Six teacher Lisa Ratcliffe

Pupils with Year Six teacher Lisa Ratcliffe

First published in News

A SCHOOL which went into special measures just a few weeks ago has sent pupils home with a glowing end-of-term report.

St Nicholas Primary School, in East Challow, was told it needed special measures because attainment was low and quality of teaching inadequate, and the school failed to meet Government ‘floor standards’ in last year’s Key Stage Two results.

But this year’s exams show that every child taking the tests received at least Level Four – the expected standard – in both English and maths.

Chairman of governors Yvette Ford said: “It is so rewarding to see the results and progress these children have made in their time at St Nicholas Primary School.

“It is good to know they will start their secondary education with a good foundation of knowledge under their belts.

“They have made us very proud as a school and we hope their time at St Nicholas has set them off on a path of continuing success.”

As well as 100 per cent of children achieving the expected Level Four, 57 per cent achieved the higher Level Five for maths, 43 per cent for English and 71 per cent for reading.

Year Six teacher Lisa Ratcliffe ran a before-school SATs club to help boost performance.

In 2011, only 47 per cent of children at the school achieved the expected level in both subjects. The Government target is 60 per cent.

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