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Delight for schools named among country’s top 500

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: December 01, 2012

Shobnall Primary School pupils Harvey Dale, Tia Quansah, Sam Fairbrother, Paige Barker, Kady Maddison, Noah Wilson and Lucas Wright

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PRIMARY schools in Burton and South Derbyshire are among the best in the country, according to a newspaper’s national league table.

The latest Sunday Times Parent Power table ranks the top 500 primaries in the country by the proportion of year six pupils attaining the expected standard of level four in their SATs (standard assessment tests) in English and maths in the last three years.

Three schools from the area feature in the table, with St Edward’s Catholic Primary School, in Newhall Road, Swadlincote, leading the way.

The school is ranked 87th in the country, with 100 per cent of youngsters having achieved the expected level in two of the last three years and 91 per cent in 2010.

Head teacher Jayne McQuillan told the Mail: “It’s quite surprising to get such a high ranking although we know we’ve done well in the last few years.

“It’s down to a lot of hard work and dedication from all the staff and the support of the parents.

“We have a lot of personalised learning, looking at where children are at, and a lot of preparation and practice, with booster classes in year six to push the children even more.”

The only Burton school to feature in the top 500 was Shobnall Primary School, in Shobnall Road, which finished 198th in the rankings, with 94 per cent of pupils achieving level four in English and maths in the last two years, and 97 per cent in 2009.

Head teacher Bernadette Roobottom said: “I’m very proud and thrilled because the staff, parents and governors have all worked very closely together.

“We are very much a family school and although the tests are one of the elements of our work, it’s really about a whole-school learning community.

“We think the children thrive through experiencing a broad curriculum, and we believe in monitoring teaching and learning and providing lots of support and intervention for children struggling with aspects of their work.”

Repton Primary School, in Springfield Road, finished 433rd in the top 500, with 88 per cent of pupils achieving the expected level last year and 95 per cent in the previous two years.

Head teacher Helen Wallis said: “We are really pleased that we’re moving forward and it comes from working together as a whole school — we’ve got a very dedicated team.

“Right from day one we focus on ensuring we know the individual child’s needs and working with them to ensure they reach their full potential.”

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