Government’s praise for primary school

Published Friday, 15th February 2019

A Hartlepool school is celebrating after receiving a letter of glowing praise from Government ministers about pupils’ progress.

Grange Primary School received the letter from Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds MP and Minister of State for School Standards Nick Gibb MP congratulating it on being among the top 3% of schools in England in the progress which pupils make between Key Stage 1 and the end of Key Stage 2.

Congratulations to Grange Primary School

The letter to Headteacher Leanne Yates says: “We would like to congratulate you, your staff and your pupils on the very high level of progress that pupils in your school demonstrated in the reading, writing and mathematics Key Stage 2 assessments last year.

“Your school’s results, as published on 13 December, show progress scores of 3.3, 4.2 and 4.3 in English reading, writing and mathematics respectively. This means that in terms of the progress your pupils make between Key Stage 1 and the end of Key Stage 2, your school is amongst the top 3% of schools in England.

“We want to equip every child with the fluency in reading, writing and mathematics necessary to prepare them for a successful secondary education and beyond, and your school has provided this.

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

The school, which is in Owton Manor Lane, has a total of 409 pupils ranging from two to 11 years old.

Mrs Yates said: “We are very proud to receive this letter from the Government recognising the amazing progress which our pupils make during their time with us.

“It’s an achievement made possible by the great team we have here at Grange – lovely children, terrific staff and governors and wonderful, supportive parents and carers.”

Councillor Brenda Harrison, Chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Children’s Services Committee, said: “Many congratulations to everyone at Grange Primary School on this well-deserved accolade.

“It reflects their commitment to - and passion for - giving our children the best possible start and I wish them every success in the future.”