Harborough district schools are top class

Hannah Hemmings year six teacher and Angela Watson head teacher at top performing Bringhurst Primary School.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Hannah Hemmings year six teacher and Angela Watson head teacher at top performing Bringhurst Primary School.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

It’s been a good week for education in Harborough - the district has five of the top 10 primary schools in Leicestershire, according to a new league table compiled by The Times newspaper.

It’s been a good week for education in Harborough - the district has five of the top 10 primary schools in Leicestershire, according to a new league table compiled by The Times newspaper.

The table is based on results of SATS (Standard Assessment) tests taken by 10 and 11-year-olds across the country in May this year.

The five Harborough district schools which had results in Leicestershire’s top 10 - out of more than 220 schools across the county - are the village schools at Bringhurst, Foxton and Great Bowden, as well as two Market Harborough schools; Farndon Fields and St Joseph’s.

Bringhurst Primary School, a 150-pupil village school 10 miles north-east of Market Harborough was named as the top primary school in the county in The Times league table.

The results of their 10 and 11-year-olds - there were 19 of them - were the best in Leicestershire.

The school’s headteacher Angela Watson said: “It’s very nice to be at the top.

“I’m going to put a big banner out, I think. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of saying ‘the best results in Leicestershire’”.

“We’ve got really lovely children, great parental support, great teachers and new, improved facilities.”

The average pupil at Bringhurst achieved a Level 5 mark, which is actually the 14-year-old average.

And at Farndon Fields Primary School, which leapt a remarkable 162 places from 169th last year to 7th this year, headteacher Nikki Prince said: “We’ve done amazingly well, thanks to our children and our staff.”

But she stressed: “At the end of the day it’s how they measure performance, but there an awful lot of important factors at a primary school as well as SATS, if pupils are to leave school as rounded

people.”

SATS results are presented by education authorities in alphabetical order, by school. The Times constructed their county tables by counting the percentage of eligible pupils reaching at least level four in the May tests, and then taking into account those who reached level five as a “tie-breaker”.

All the top 10 Leicestershire schools had a 100 per cent Level 4 pass rate. Nationally, an average of 80% of pupils achieved level 4 or above in all of reading, writing and mathematics.

At Foxton Primary School, which is fourth in the county table, headtacher Phillip Clark said: “It’s very pleasing. We did have excellent results. there were 11 in the cohort and they all worked very hard -and the teachers put in the same level of hard work and commitment.”

“You would be silly not to be delighted by something like this” said Stef Edwards, headteacher at Great Bowden Academy, which was fifth in Leicestershire. “It represents a lot of hard work from a really fantastic team of teachers.”

While at St Joseph’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, at 10th in the county, headteacher Karen McVea added: “It’s definitely something to celebrate. We were extremely proud of our results this year. They are down to seven years of extremely good teaching.”