JUBILANT officials at a Hartlepool primary school are celebrating after a performance which puts it among the best in the country.
Brougham Primary School, in Brougham Terrace, has received official notification from the Department for Education that its results are among the top 100.
It is down to exceptional staff and the high expectation of both them and the expectation that the children have of themselves. They want it for themselves and we want it for them.Head teacher Julie Thomas
Delighted head teacher Julie Thomas said: “It is down to exceptional staff and the high expectation of both them and the expectation that the children have of themselves.
“They want it for themselves and we want it for them.”
The school has received a letter from the Minister of State for Schools David Laws which praised Brougham Primary for providing pupils with “a good start in life and prepared them well for secondary school.”
The letter praises the school for results which show that every student achieved level 4B or above in reading and maths, and level 4 or above in writing.
It also applauded the school, which has 310 children aged two to 11, for being among the 100 top performing schools in the country in terms of the progress made between Key Stage 1 and the end of Key Stage 2.
It added: “Your school is exceptionally effective in educating all your staff.”
It congratulated the staff, governors, parents and pupils for their hard work and success and thanked Mrs Thomas for her “leadership in making such a difference to the future success of your pupils.”
Mrs Thomas put success down to “the fact that we work together as a team. It does not matter if you are a teaching assistant or a teacher, we all want the same for the children.”
She said Brougham Primary was a strong supporter of the Pupil Premium scheme which is additional funding to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
Mrs Thomas said this had been used successfully to keep classes smaller which in turn “keeps teachers energised.”
Smaller classes meant teachers could also sit down with the pupils and give them feedback and show them how to improve.
Mrs Thomas said the letter from the Department of Education was wonderful news for the school, and added: “We were absolutely thrilled for the staff and for the children who have worked so hard.”