Primary praised as results soar

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A BARNSLEY school has been praised as the most improved primary in Yorkshire in the latest performance tables.

Littlewood Grange has been boosted by new systems to improve the tracking of pupils’ performance and improved teaching quality, plus a quality curriculum, according to the town council.

This year 92 per cent of 11-year-olds at the school reached Level 4, the expected standard, in English and mathematics in their SATs tests.

This compares with only 32 per cent in 2009, at which point the school at Lundwood was judged ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted and given a notice to improve.

The improvement shown by Littleworth Grange pupils is the third highest of any school in England.

Executive headteacher Sarah Creighton said: “It is down to a lot of really hard work by staff and pupils.”