Sheffield school: We’ve doubled our exams pass rate

Top class: Celebrations at Arbourthorne School after exam results success. PICTURE: BARRY RICHARDSON.
Top class: Celebrations at Arbourthorne School after exam results success. PICTURE: BARRY RICHARDSON.
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YOUNGSTERS at a Sheffield primary school are leaving class for their holidays on a high after more than doubling their exam pass rate in three years.

The number of pupils achieving English and maths at level 4 in their standard attainment tests at Arbourthorne Primary School has jumped from 35 per cent in 2009 to 76 per cent this year.

Its success is set to be just one of many as early indications suggest there has been an improvement of about 5.5 per cent collectively at schools across the city for Key Stage Two SAT results.

The full results for 11-year-olds will be released in September.

But other schools are set to celebrate top marks, including St Theresa’s Primary, with a 97 per cent pass rate up from 65 per cent the previous year and Birley Community Primary, with 80 per cent up from 59 per cent.

Vanessa Longley, headteacher at Arbourthorne Primary, on Eastern Avenue, said: “We feel incredibly pleased with our results.

“It is absolutely down to team effort and driving a real sense of community here at school.”

Patrick Nelis, headteacher of St Theresa’s Primary, Prince of Wales Road, Manor, said: “These results are a credit to a lot of people.

“We’ve achieved them through quality teaching supported by talented teaching assistants and a dedicated group of young people.”

Fir Hills Primary School, Orphanage Road, saw its pass rate leap up from 53 per cent to 75.

Dina Martin, headteacher, said: “We’re delighted with the results.

“The children have worked really hard for this and it gives them a great foundation to go forward into secondary school.

“Everything has just come together - the teaching, the children, the parents.”

Hopes are now high that Sheffield’s marks will exceed the national average when full results are available.

Chiefs at Sheffield Council also hailed the first set of scores.

Jackie Drayton, cabinet member responsible for education, said: “We are so pleased.

“The results are not quite all in, but early indicators are that there has been a great improvement.

“These schools that are achieving are working in all sorts of ways to ensure that young children do their best.”

Sonia Sharp, director of children’s services at the council, said: “This demonstrates that year on year, pupils have improved the quality of their results.

“It needs to be celebrated because it is down to hard work.”