TEACHERS and parents at a South Derbyshire school were left jumping for joy after learning that new exam results named pupils as the best in the county.
Clare Hodson-Walker, head teacher at Fairmeadows Foundation Primary School, in Fairfield Crescent, Newhall, struggled to contain her delight after being told the site had been named the ‘top value added’ school in Derbyshire as a result of SATs test results.
She explained that this meant that not only had they smashed the national measure of 100 with a mark of 102.7 but that pupils were progressing the most at the school from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2.
She told the Mail: “We were all absolutely delighted when the news came through and we all so proud of the children for what they have achieved.
“What is really good for us is that pupils are making the most progress during their time here.
“It is good news to see that not only are pupils meeting required grades but they are also making lots of progress and developing.
“When you think about the national average, we have beaten that and it gives everyone at the school a very good feeling.”
Across the water, Shobnall Primary School was the best performer with a score of 102.4 in terms of pupil progression,
Staff at Hartshorne Primary School, in Main Street, were also celebrating after discovering that it was joint top in the county at having a 100 per cent success rate in terms of pupils achieving the level four in maths, reading and writing.
Mosley Primary School, in Anslow, also scored 100 per cent in this category in Staffordshire.
The tests, known as SATs, are designed to evaluate a pupil’s progress in English and maths, ahead of them leaving for secondary school.
The required minimum level to achieve is four but anything above that illustrates greater progress.
The Government used to just report on English but this is now split into reading and writing results.
As a result, the overall percentage of pupils gaining level four or above is now based on three areas – reading, writing and maths.