Sheffield primary wins award for pupils’ progress

Lowfields Primary School, Head Teacher Chris Holder.
Lowfields Primary School, Head Teacher Chris Holder.
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A Sheffield primary school has been rated as one of the best in the country for pupils’ progress and bridging the gap for disadvantaged children.

Lowfield Primary School, in Lowfield, has been recognised by the Schools, Students and Teachers Network for the value it adds to students’ outcomes.

The school has qualified for an SSAT Educational Outcomes Award by being in the top 10 per cent of schools nationally for children’s progress and closing the gap for disadvantaged children in primary Key Stage Two results.

The results were found after Department for Education data for all state-funded schools in England was analysed by SSAT – the national schools’ membership organisation for improvement.

Headteacher Chris Holder was delighted with the award.

He said: “I am immensely proud of the school’s achievement and the dedication of our staff in ensuring the best possible outcomes for our children.

“This is a great school that, year on year, delivers for its community.”

Staff at the school have now been invited to receive their award at a ceremony to be held in Bradford next month.

Sue Williamson, SSAT chief executive, said: “Lowfield Primary School should be congratulated for their exceptional achievements.

“They have proved themselves to be leading the field in improving outcomes for their children.

“These results are testament to the commitment and hard work of the children, teachers and leadership team at Lowfield, and show what can be achieved when skilled teachers have high expectations and ambition for every young person.

“I am proud that this school is a member of the SSAT national network.”

Lowfield Primary’s award comes just weeks after Parkwood Academy in Shirecliffe was rated as one of the best in England for pupils’ GCSE achievements.

The school qualified for an SSAT Educational Outcomes Award by being in the top 10 per cent of schools nationally for progress made by pupils between Key Stage 2 results at primary school and their GCSE results at age 16.

Staff from the school will pick up the award in Leicestershire on Tuesday, April 28.

Rachel Smith, principal at Parkwood Academy, said: “It’s the second year in a row we’ve won this award. We are really pleased.”