Huge improvement puts primary school among county’s best

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GOSBERTON Primary School is celebrating after making a 38 per cent leap in the number of pupils who will leave school with ‘expected levels of attainment in English and maths’.

The school’s combined English and maths score shot up from 57 per cent to 95 per cent, putting the school in the top 20 for Lincolnshire – and making it top dog within ten miles.

Head of school Jo Bland said: “We were delighted when it came through that we are one of the top schools in Lincolnshire and number one in the Spalding area for English and maths combined.

“I am absolutely thrilled. The staff have worked so hard and the children have worked so hard.”

Success in the league tables came hard on the heels of another big achievement for Gosberton, an Ofsted report where inspectors described the school as good with outstanding features.

Billingborough was one of eight of the county’s 320 primary schools to get a perfect English/maths score – 100 per cent – and Market Deeping turned in 96 per cent.

Donington Cowley achieved 92 per cent, Brown’s Church of England School at Horbling managed 90 per cent and a whole clutch of schools tied on 88 per cent, including Surfleet Seas End, Pinchbeck East, Quadring and Bourne Abbey.

There were mixed results for Spalding’s six state-run primary schools. St John’s scored 84 per cent, followed by St Norbert’s on 81, Monkshouse on 74, Spalding Primary on 69, the parish day school on 56 and St Paul’s on 53.

Holbeach Primary was top of the Holbeach area schools with 71 per cent, followed by Holbeach Bank on 67 and William Stukeley on 59.

Gedney Church End was fifth from bottom in the county with a score of just 36 per cent. Cowbit St Mary turned in a lowly 45 per cent and Sutton St James 47 per cent.

l Combined English/maths percentage scores for our other schools included: Bourne Westfield (79), Clough and Risegate (70), Deeping St James (78), Deeping St Nicholas (75), Fleet Wood Lane (76), Fourfields Sutterton (67), Gedney Drove End (83), Gedney Hill (75), John Harrox Moulton (74), Kirton Primary (75), Long Sutton (65), Lutton St Nicholas (86), Moulton Chapel (50), Shepeau Stow (50), St Bartholomew’s West Pinchbeck (75), South View Crowland (84), Sutton Bridge (65), Swineshead (57), Tydd St Mary (87), Weston Hills (85), Whaplode (76) and Wyberton (86).

l Schools including Weston and Holbeach St Marks had too few pupils eligible for the tests.