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Village schools near Grantham take top spots in school table

By Grantham Reporter

A village school has been named as one of the highest ranking schools in Lincolnshire.

Denton Primary School was ranked 21st out of more than 200 primary schools within Lincolnshire, new data results reveal.

The school, which has 70 pupils, achieved ‘average’ progress scores for Key Stage 2 in reading, writing and mathematics - the scores combined seat them above other schools which may score higher in one area but below average in the remaining two.

Schools are awarded scores reflecting their pupils’ progress between KS1 and KS2 exams in the three key subjects, taken at the ages of seven and 11.

Denton headteacher Sheridan Edwards is very pleased with the results.

She said: “We are really proud of the children. Their progress is the really important part of education as it shows what they have been able to achieve. It’s great to see so many reaching their full potential.”

Both Barkston and Syston and Allington with Sedgebrook also appeared in the top 50 primary schools after Barkston and Syston achieved well above average in its reading scores and Allington with Sedgebrook scored well above average for its pupils’ writing.

Sally-Anne Caunter, headteacher at Barkston and Syston, said: “We are, of course, very pleased and proud of our 2018 SATS results as the children did incredibly well. However, with small cohorts we are always mindful that as a school, we can move up and down the league tables like a yoyo.

“We are passionate about providing all our children with the best possible education and know that by working closely with the other schools in our Affinity Partnership, we are able to achieve this.

“We are also mindful of the support that parents give to their children to help them to achieve.”

Meanwhile, West Grantham Academy St John’s and Colsterworth Primary School, which converted to academy status in September, ranked lower in the results after receiving average and below average progress scores for reading, writing and mathematics.

Sarah Moore, chief executive officer at Colsterworth, said: “The children have thoroughly immersed themselves into exciting learning. Our curriculum is so engaging and creative; teachers work hard to ensure topics have a stunning start, marvellous middle and fabulous finale.

“We are thrilled Colsterworth School joined Abbey Academies Trust, who above everything else, put its children first. We are successfully working, in partnership, to secure the rapid improvements that the school needs.

“The trust have supported this at every level. We are all looking forward to a truly successful year, working together in 2019. We will continue with confidence and passion, ensuring that we provide the best education for our children.”

Average scores of 104 in reading, 105 in grammar, punctuation and spelling and 103 in mathematics meant that Lincolnshire County Council ranked 143rd of England’s 152 local authorities.

Denton School. (6145544)
Denton School. (6145544)

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