A GOVERNMENT minister has written to a Hartlepool primary school to congratulate them for an amazing turnaround in their performance.
Three years ago Brougham Primary School, in Brougham Terrace, was languishing in the bottom 10 per cent of the country’s primary schools for how much progress pupils make before leaving for senior school.
But it is now ranked in the top 250 schools nationally following the publication of Brougham’s Key Stage 2 test results at the end of last year.
Education minister David Laws MP wrote to school headteacher Julie Thomas to congratulate her and the school for the fantastic improvement.
He said in his letter: “Your results show that you are among the top 250 top performing schools in terms of progress your pupils make between Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
“Your school is exceptionally effective in educating its pupils. It is clear that you and your staff have provided pupils with a good springboard into secondary education.
“I would like to congratulate your staff, governors and pupils for the hard work and success and thank you for your leadership in continuing the drive towards high standards of educational achievement.”
Mrs Thomas, who has been headteacher for four years, said children come to the school with low expectations due to things like deprivation of the surrounding area.
But the test results show pupils improve better than expected by the time they leave for secondary school.
Mrs Thomas said: “We were previously in the bottom 10 per cent of schools and now we are in the top two per cent within three years.
“I put it down to really good team work of the teachers and our high expectations and desire to do the best for the children.
“We are really proud.”
Father Graeme Buttery, the chair of the school’s governors, praised everyone involved from parents to the governors for getting on board with the determination to improve.
He added: “It has been a huge improvement. I think part of the reason for it is we have an outstanding headteacher.
“The determination to improve and links with the parents, pupils and governors is mostly down to her.”
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