Staff and pupils at Barkerend Primary Leadership Academy are celebrating after they were placed among the top three percent of primary schools nationally for progress.

Pupils who sat the Key Stage 2 assessment last year achieved such high levels of progress from Key Stage 1 that the school was earmarked for a special commendation by the Minister of State for Schools.

In a letter to the Principal, the Rt. Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards, praised the school for its achievements. He said:

“I would like to congratulate you, your staff and your pupils on the very high level of progress that pupils in your school demonstrated in the reading, writing and maths Key Stage 2 assessments last year. Your schools’ results show progress scores of 4.5, 3.7 and 6.7 in reading, writing and maths respectively. This means that in terms of the progress your pupils make between Key Stage 1 and the end of Key Stage 2 your school is amongst the top three percent of primary schools in the country. Thank you for your work in continuing to drive towards higher academic standards, and congratulations again to you and your staff for your commitment and success.”

Ann Winter, Principal at Barkerend, said staff at the school were delighted to receive the letter recognising their good practice. She said:

“We are very pleased to receive this acknowledgement of the hard work of our staff and pupils, which has resulted in such an outstanding set of results for Barkerend Primary Leadership Academy. Our success is a testimony to our talented and dedicated staff and their sheer determination to ensure that our pupils achieve their very best. It is a demonstration of teamwork at its finest.Our results have had a huge impact across our school and everybody’s expectations have been raised.The parents are very proud and now all our pupils know that they can achieve some of the best results in the country here at Barkerend Primary Leadership Academy.”

Vicki Hinchliffe, Senior Assistant Principal at the school, said:

“At Barkerend Primary Leadership Academy our pupils always come first. We are exceptionally proud of these results and would like to praise the pupils who worked hard to achieve them. As a school our focus is not just on achieving academic success but helping our pupils to develop into well-rounded individuals with a keen sense of community. Our pupils continue to make us proud in all that they achieve.”