St Norbert’s primary school in Spalding is one of England’s best

Pupils celebrate their latest success with headteacher Joe Burns. SG210217-170TW
Pupils celebrate their latest success with headteacher Joe Burns. SG210217-170TW
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St Norbert’s Catholic Primary School is in the top three per cent of primary schools in England for pupil progress in the three Rs.

The Spalding school has just received a letter of congratulations from schools minister Nick Gibb MP, a letter headteacher Joe Burns describes as “the icing on the cake” following a string of outstanding achievements.

The minister’s letter recognises the progress pupils make between the end of Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 – from age seven to 11 – in reading, writing and maths.

He congratulates the school for the “very high level of progress” pupils are making.

His letter to Mr Burns ends with the words: “Thank you for your hard work and professionalism in producing such high standards and congratulations again to you and your staff for all you have achieved.”

Mr Burns said: “This is a tremendous accolade and reflects the dedication, skills and commitment of everyone involved at St Norbert’s.

“St Norbert’s is an extremely caring community, with teachers and other adults who work very hard for the young people we serve.

“While we do not do what we do with the intention of receiving recognition for our efforts, when such recognition does arrive, it is greatly appreciated. We are extremely proud of our school, and its pupils, and are determined to maintain these high standards in the future,”

Mr Gibb previously wrote to the school to congratulate it on its excellent results in the 2016 phonics screening check, which placed St Norbert’s in the top eight per cent of schools in England for how well pupils in Year 1 learn to read.

St Norbert’s carried off the major prize of the night at the 2016 Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards when it was named Primary School of the Year.

In September 2015 we reported St Norbert’s had been awarded Ofsted’s top rating, that of outstanding, having earlier that year been judged outstanding for its religious life by inspectors from the Nottingham Roman Catholic Diocesan Education Service.

The double triumph was all the more remarkable as more than six out of every ten pupils at the school has English as an additional language.

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