Sheffield’s marvellous Marie’s in top ten!

Pictured are pupils and staff,from St Maries Catholic Primary School,Fulwood Road, celebrating the news of Improved test results
Pictured are pupils and staff,from St Maries Catholic Primary School,Fulwood Road, celebrating the news of Improved test results
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We’re just getting better and better!

Pupils at a Sheffield primary are celebrating after being told their school is in the top 10 per cent nationally when it comes to improved test results.

For the last three years at St Marie’s Primary in Broomhill passes in English and maths have been sharply on the increase – from around 60 per cent in 2009 to almost 100 per cent in 2012.

And some children are achieving standards normally only reached at secondary school.

St Marie’s has been given official recognition by The Schools Network, a national organisation which has analysed all the available data.

Chief executive Sue Williamson said: “St Marie’s should be congratulated for this stunning achievement. It has proved itself to be one of the best schools in the country at continually improving outcomes for their children.”

Headteacher Alan Dewhurst said the award had come as a complete surprise.

“We’ve actually now improved our results for four years running – it seems the children relish the challenge,” he said.

“Every year I tell the pupils that last year’s results were the best we’ve ever had – until this year’s. And they seem to rise to that.”

Extra challenges have been introduced into lessons, with maths being taught in a competitive but fun way.

There’s an emphasis on reading for enjoyment and excellent pieces of writing are often highlighted in assembly.

Mr Dewhurst said there was also a strong partnership with parents. They support our homework policies, read regularly with their children at home and they enjoy practising maths and writing at home. We also have a very skilled staff who help every child achieve.”

St Marie’s has a family atmosphere. It has only 245 children – with 32 in the Year 6 class – so no-one gets left behind.