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Schools in and around Grantham in Lincolnshire’s top and bottom 10

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Four local primary schools have been ranked within the top 10 in the county, according to performance tables released by the Department for Education.

Looking at key stage 2 results and the percentage of pupils achieving the expected level for their age group, Level 4, in reading, maths and writing, four local schools achieved 100 per cent.

Ranked fourth out of 246 primary schools in Lincolnshire was Allington with Sedgebrook Primary School. Also making it into the top 10 best performing schools in the county were Marston Thorold’s Charity School in sixth place, Barkston and Syston Primary School at seventh, and Great Ponton Primary School, which achieved ninth place.

Three of these schools work together under the Affinity Partnerhsip, with their headteachers and groups of teachers meeting regularly to support and review each other.

“The aim is to support each other as well as challenging each other – all with the aim of improving teaching and learning,” a spokesman explained. “Marston Thorold’s, Allington and Barkston are in the top 10 of primary schools in Lincolnshire. We are all very proud of this achievement.”

However, while the area boasts some of the top performing schools, there are also those who rank amongst the lowest in Lincolnshire in terms of achieving the expected level across the three disciplines.

Ranking 245 out of 246 schools in Lincolnshire was the West Grantham Academy St John’s, while South Witham Community Primary School and Belmont Community Primary School also ranked within the bottom 10 in the county for achieving Level 4 in reading, writing and maths.

The West Grantham Academy St John’s is continuing to make changes in a bid to improve results. Chris Robinson, chair of The West Grantham Academies Trust, said: “With Mark Gillyon, a very experienced headteacher, taking over St John’s in January, and support from the highly rated Mowbray Education Trust, I expect pupils to make rapid progress next year.”

Across Lincolnshire, those achieving at least Level 4 in reading, writing and maths has risen to 79 per cent, an increase of two per cent on last year. The highest was seen in the city of London, at 96 per cent, while the lowest was recorded in the Scilly Isles, at 69 per cent. Leicestershire schools achieved 80 per cent.

Councillor Patricia Bradwell, Lincolnshire County Council’s executive councillor for children’s services, said: “Whilst we are pleased with the progress that’s been made, we are ambitious and want all our schools to be performing at the highest level for their pupils.

“This is a key priority for everyone working in education across the county.

“We know how hard our children, young people, staff and governors work, and the support that is given by parents and carers. We want to make sure that all our children and young people in every area of the county have the best possible opportunities to learn.”

For the full list of results in the county click here


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