Sheffield pupils are top of class in UK

Pupils celebrate at Lowfield Primary School after it won two national awards.
Pupils celebrate at Lowfield Primary School after it won two national awards.
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A small inner-city Sheffield primary school has won two top awards for its excellent work with pupils.

Lowfield Community Primary, close to the city centre, is in the top national one per cent of schools for the rate of progress being made by its oldest youngsters.

A second accolade has come for the school’s success with disadvantaged children, who are doing so well that Lowfield ranks in the top 20 per cent in England.

National school improvement organisation SSAT carried out a detailed assessment of last year’s SATs results by 11-year-olds.

It found 97 per cent pupils were making two levels of progress or above during their time at Lowfield.

And in the tests themselves the multicultural school is comfortably outstripping national averages.

In reading and maths, 94 per cent of pupils made the grade, in spelling and grammar the figure was 91 per cent, and in writing the pass rate was 88 per cent.

Headteacher Chris Holder said: “The children have all worked very hard and we have a cracking set of staff who are prepared to go the extra mile to get results.

“This isn’t what people expect from a small inner-city school in not one of the best areas of Sheffield, so understandably we are over the moon.”

The SSAT analysis praised the school for its work with children eligible for the Pupil Premium – extra funding for disadvantaged youngsters.

“It seems we are doing a very good job with these children – in fact some are outperforming the rest of the pupils,” Mr Holder said.

“We have put most of the extra money into staffing, putting support staff into classrooms to work alongside the youngsters and tailor the lessons to meet their individual needs.”

SSAT chief executive Sue Williamson said: “Lowfield should be congratulated for their exceptional achievement. They have proved themselves to be leading the field in improving outcomes for their pupils.”