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Wybourn Community Primary School have received outstanding results in their SATS tests, particularly in Literature. Owen Allen, seven, and Libby Brown, 8 reading a book
Wybourn Community Primary School have received outstanding results in their SATS tests, particularly in Literature. Owen Allen, seven, and Libby Brown, 8 reading a book
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WE did it the Sheffield way!

It is beaming smiles all round at Wybourn Primary School.

For the latest SATs results have shown the school’s percentage of 11-year-olds achieving level four in English and maths - a national marker of success - has risen from 82 per cent to 90 per cent with another boost in literature. Although individual school results are not officially published until later this year, Sheffield Council has flagged up several sites as doing particularly well.

Jo Bradshaw, headteacher at the Manor Oaks Road school, said: “We’ve had a rising trend on our Key Stage 2 results for the last three years in all areas and we’re also at national expectations which really is something to celebrate.

“Our big bit of news is 100 per cent of our children scored at national expectations, level four, in English which is just incredible for the school.”

She said an array of in-school factors - such as working hard in the classroom and with parents outside it - are behind the success.

But city wide initiatives, including a Sheffield Council literacy strategy called Every Sheffield Child is Articulate and Literature (ESCAL), have also been listed as a help.

Mrs Bradshaw said: “If it was just one thing it would be very easy to replicate and I think this success is the culmination of a long journey we have been on in school improvement.

“There has been a citywide focus on improvement too.

“I think our just departed children’s executive director Sonia Sharp was very motivated in helping schools find the Sheffield way to improve.”

Other schools which have top marks include Arbourthorne Primary School, which has doubled its combined level four achievement rate in three years, and Angram Bank Primary which rose from 68 per cent to 89 per cent.

At Beck Primary School in Shiregreen, the percentage of pupils passing English and maths at level four has risen from 65 per cent to 77 per cent. The level four pass rate for English more than doubled in five years to 83 per cent.

Peter Hardwick, headteacher, said: “We are delighted with the results in school and it was down to a lot of hard work by a dedicated staff team, pupils and parents.

“I’m also delighted with the news for the city, it is raising Sheffield in the national tables and we hope to do more in the future.”