DELIGHTED staff at Hartlepool’s top performing primary school say they are delighted with the results.
Sacred Heart RC Primary School, in Hart Lane, came top out of the 30 primary schools in town with 98 per cent of pupils achieving Level 4 in combined English and maths.
The school was closely followed by Eldon Grove Primary School, West Park Primary School and Holy Trinity Church of England who all achieved 93 per cent.
Bottom of the table was Hart Primary School, with just 43 per cent of pupils achieving Level 4 in English and maths.
Hart was the only school in town this year not to meet the national target of 60 per cent.
Jeff Cook, headteacher at Sacred Heart which has 417 pupils, said he was delighted with the results and praised staff and children for all their hard work.
Mr Cook said: “The staff and governors are really pleased with the results our Year 6 pupils achieved back in July.
“With the world of education constantly facing fresh challenges it is gratifying to know that the children and the staff have been rewarded for their hard work.
“At the same time we must not underestimate the part played by our extremely supportive parents.”
He said the difficulty is always in maintaining the excellent results as the school achieved a 96 per cent success rate last year, making it the best in town again.
Mr Cook added: “We can’t afford to have any kind of complacency.
“I would like to think that we provide the right education and that the children are happy and safe in the school environment.”
Meanwhile, Steve McDonnell, headteacher at Hart Primary School, put his school’s performance down to the low number of children eligible for the Key Stage 2 assessments, of which there were only seven.
He added that there was a high number of children with special educational needs within the group and despite extra help in terms of classroom assistants and booster classes they didn’t quite make the grade.
Also, there was one pupil that missed the grade boundary between a Level 3 and a 4 by just one mark.
Mr McDonnell said: “What needs to be taken into account is that there was only seven pupils eligible for assessment.
“The problem with small numbers is that if one or two do not make the grade then it looks like a very dramatic drop in performance.
“I see this very much as a one-off and the figures for next year for this Year 6 group already look much more promising.”
Initial figures show they could be as high as 91 per cent.
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