Top marks for schools

By Farnham Herald in Education

SOUTH Farnham School has been placed in the top two per cent of all primary schools in the country for mathematics in the 2016 key stage two assessments.

And sister school Highfield South Farnham has also been ranked among the top three per cent of schools in England in terms of the progress its pupils make between key stage one and the end of key stage two in English reading, writing and mathematics.

The news was given by Minister of State for School Standards, Nick Gibb, in letters congratulating both schools on their success.

He revealed 100 per cent of pupils at South Farnham’s Menin Way junior site reached or exceeded the expected standard in mathematics at the end of key stage two.

Key stage two tests are taken by all year six children in the country. Children sitting the tests in May 2016 were the first to be taught and assessed under the new National Curriculum.

Claire Donnachie, headteacher at South Farnham, said: “We are extremely proud of all 170 year six children who took the tests and their parents. This is a wonderful accolade for the school and our incredibly dedicated staff.”

It follows a previous letter from Nick Gibb received in October 2016 congratulating South Farnham for being in the top three per cent of all primary schools in the country for the phonics screening checks, with one hundred per cent of pupils reaching or exceeding the pass mark.

Mr Gibb also congratulated Highfield South Farnham in Weydon Lane - raised from the ashes of struggling Pilgrims’ Way School in 2014 - for the “very high levels of progress” pupils are making.

In a letter to Highfield headteacher Gregory West, he added: “We want to ensure that every child has the necessary fluency in reading, writing and mathematics to prepare them for a successful secondary education and beyond, and your school has provided this.

“Thank you for your hard work and professionalism in producing such high standards and congratulations again to you and your staff for all you have achieved.”

Mr West said: “We are enormously proud of the pupils’ achievements being recognised in this way. This reflects the pupils’ and staff’s unfailing devotion and dedicated effort to their studies.”

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