Delight as children post perfect scores in 3Rs

The Bolton News: Beaumont Primary headteacher Valerie Fryer and Year Six teacher Nikesh Gandhi with, from left, Macy Gawman, aged eight, Alex Brook, aged 10, Hamza Ahmed, aged eight, Ben Hearsey aged 10, Sarah Walsh, aged nine and Raees Patel, aged seven Beaumont Primary headteacher Valerie Fryer and Year Six teacher Nikesh Gandhi with, from left, Macy Gawman, aged eight, Alex Brook, aged 10, Hamza Ahmed, aged eight, Ben Hearsey aged 10, Sarah Walsh, aged nine and Raees Patel, aged seven

STANDARDS have continued to soar at Bolton’s already high-performing primary schools.

This year’s primary school performance tables show more children than ever are achieving the grade before the move to high school.

A Bolton Council spokesman said: “We are delighted that Bolton’s primary schools performed so well. These results show that Bolton’s Year Six pupils are performing better than ever academically, and at a higher level than their peers across the country on average. All the pupils, teachers, schools staff and parents involved should be very proud.”

A number of schools posted a 100 per cent pass rate in English and maths.

At Lostock Primary School 100 per cent of pupils passed in reading, writing and maths — the more challenging standard introduced by the government this year because ministers want pupils to achieve at least level four in maths, and separately in reading and writing, not just in English overall.

Beaumont Primary School and Blackrod Primary School also scored a 100 per cent pass rate in the English and maths SATs.

Val Fryer, Beaumont headteacher said: ”We are delighted with the results and feel really proud of the children as they worked incredibly hard and made fantastic progress, attaining a very high level in all subjects.

“We are all especially pleased with our maths results as all pupils achieved a minimum level 4A, with 71 per cent gaining a level five and an amazing 19 per cent achieving level six. However, the tests represent a small fraction of all the work that goes on in school.

“I feel very fortunate because our children at Beaumont are really keen and eager to learn.

“Our ethos centres on providing a happy, caring and supportive learning environment, with high expectations in terms of behaviour, academic achievement and personal excellence.” Mrs Fryer also praised her staff and parents.

She said: “I’ve got a very hard working, caring team of staff who try to make learning fun for the children and try to get the best out of each individual child.

“Here at Beaumont our parents are very supportive and we have a strong home/school partnership.

“I don’t know any headteacher who likes league tables as it’s a narrow measure and there is so much more to a school than league tables.

“Every cohort of children within a school is different.”

Year Six teacher Nikesh Ghandhi, who fulfilled the children’s wishes to come to school in a pink tutu if they posted perfect marks, added: “I am extremely proud of my class.

“They really pushed themselves to be the best they could be and it really paid off. The smiles on their faces when I gave them their scores were fantastic to see.”

Cllr Martyn Cox, who sits on Bolton Council’s children's services scrutiny committee, praised teachers for giving children a good start in life.

He said: “These are another good set of results and the staff should be proud of themselves. They giving the children the best start they can.”

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