Worcestershire schools which were above and below average revealed

Malvern Gazette: Delighted Grimley and Holt head teacher Helen Hoarle with, from left, pupils Bea Rigg, 10, Bella Law, 11, Lexi Humphries, 6, and 10-year-olds Affan Shah, Cameron Pearce and Samantha Fawdrey. Buy this photo » Delighted Grimley and Holt head teacher Helen Hoarle with, from left, pupils Bea Rigg, 10, Bella Law, 11, Lexi Humphries, 6, and 10-year-olds Affan Shah, Cameron Pearce and Samantha Fawdrey.

PRIMARY schools will continue to receive support to ensure children are given the best chance in life, as figures revealed some fell below target levels.

The annual report from education watchdog Ofsted lists establishments in the county which failed to meet the Government’s tougher standards for children aged seven to 11 (Key Stage 2).

They were judged on the number of children achieving at least Level 4 – the standard expected of the age group – in reading, writing and maths, with at least 60 per cent required to reach that level.

Dines Green Primary School in Worcester was one of the schools to fall below the floor level, returning 58 per cent.

Headteacher Stephen Gough said they narrowly missed the expected level and pointed to their progress in maths and reading, with both seeing 94 per cent of eligible pupils making two levels of progress, and 100 per cent of pupils succeeding in writing.

Mr Gough said: “We knew it would be touch and go. The difference was one child, one mark, one exam.”

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He added: “It is very difficult to have those progress levels and still not get to the magical attainment level.”

Councillor Liz Eyre, Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member for children and families, feels the county’s schools are making significant progress but more needs to be done to continue the improvement.

“Worcestershire's schools should be very proud of this, especially considering that we are one of the lowest funded authorities in the country,” she said.

“However, we are never complacent and continue to support schools to make sure that our children have the opportunity to achieve to the best of their ability.”

Abbey Park Middle School, in Pershore, scored 59 per cent but head teacher Lynn Evans said the figures did not reflect the school’s high proportion of children with special needs and the specialist provision they need.

“I believe Ofsted will still find us a good school when they visit us,” she added.

Great Malvern Primary School and Bosbury CE Primary School, near Ledbury, achieved 56 per cent and 55 per cent respectively, but the head teachers of both schools declined to comment.

Meanwhile, a number of high achieving schools saw 100 per cent of pupils achieve the standard.

Among them was Grimley and Holt CE Primary School, near Worcester.

Headteacher Helen Hoarle said: “We are thrilled with the children’s achievement.

“Not only did the children achieve the national standard of level 4, but 100 per cent achieved level 5 in reading and we are among the top one per cent of schools for reading achievement.

“Our motto is ‘excellence and excitement every day for every child’ and our friendly, dedicated staff team work hard to make sure that this happens.”

The Wyche CE Primary School, in Malvern, also scored full marks, with headteacher Geoff Rutherford saying: “To succeed in any area of life is deeply satisfying and we are, of course, delighted with our results this year.

“However, those who seek to analyse school data must appreciate the narrow nature of this assessment.”

Chloe Evans, headtacher of Pencombe CE Primary School, near Bromyard, said they were “very pleased” with their results and several pupils were put forward and achieved level 5.

Holy Redeemer Catholic Primary School in Pershore was another to score 100 per cent.

A total of 767 schools fell below the floor standard, while in previous years they were rated on reading and writing combined to form overall English.

 

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10:16am Fri 13 Dec 13

princess85 says...

I want to right this as I feel it needs to be seen My childrens school Dines Green Primary is by far the best choice I've made for my children , their education is fab , they are achieving way above what is expected of them and even at a level higher than their age groups , and this is noticed and workwith by the school itself. The opportunities the children have had are more than I ever had a t primary school ....... my biggest praise has to go to mr gough the head teacher ! He has turned that school around from a school needing help to a n amazing friendly , welcoming school and im not ashamed to say my children go there in fact I recommend it to all ! Screw the bad press and their silly little stories , how about all people who have theor doubts about the school go spend a day there ! I can assure you your opinions will change to that of a higher one ! Arghhh rant over
I want to right this as I feel it needs to be seen My childrens school Dines Green Primary is by far the best choice I've made for my children , their education is fab , they are achieving way above what is expected of them and even at a level higher than their age groups , and this is noticed and workwith by the school itself. The opportunities the children have had are more than I ever had a t primary school ....... my biggest praise has to go to mr gough the head teacher ! He has turned that school around from a school needing help to a n amazing friendly , welcoming school and im not ashamed to say my children go there in fact I recommend it to all ! Screw the bad press and their silly little stories , how about all people who have theor doubts about the school go spend a day there ! I can assure you your opinions will change to that of a higher one ! Arghhh rant over princess85

10:39am Fri 13 Dec 13

lauracartwright82 says...

Both my Children attend Dines Green Primary school and while it did just about fall below floor level for attainment, the progress the school is making is massive. Look at other schools in "challenging" areas and compare the progress they are making. Whilst its brilliant that Holt & Grimley are doing so well and should not go without praise, its a much smaller school than Dines green in a more affluent area of Worcester and to compare the both schools is silly. Mr Gough is a fantastic head teacher and the school has really turned around in the 12 years he has been in post. My kids are both bright and happy and love the school they are in and that is a credit to the Head, teaching staff and also their classmates! One pupil is enough to skew the data when looking at attainment so look at the progress and you will see what an amazing school Dines Green is. Maybe a reporter from the Worcester News needs to spend a day at the school to see what a fantastic place it is or our children!
Both my Children attend Dines Green Primary school and while it did just about fall below floor level for attainment, the progress the school is making is massive. Look at other schools in "challenging" areas and compare the progress they are making. Whilst its brilliant that Holt & Grimley are doing so well and should not go without praise, its a much smaller school than Dines green in a more affluent area of Worcester and to compare the both schools is silly. Mr Gough is a fantastic head teacher and the school has really turned around in the 12 years he has been in post. My kids are both bright and happy and love the school they are in and that is a credit to the Head, teaching staff and also their classmates! One pupil is enough to skew the data when looking at attainment so look at the progress and you will see what an amazing school Dines Green is. Maybe a reporter from the Worcester News needs to spend a day at the school to see what a fantastic place it is or our children! lauracartwright82

1:46pm Fri 13 Dec 13

chrism says...

It's silly to rank schools in this way when it depends so much on the ability of the pupils they have (and also where they are when they start school), rather than necessarily on the quality of the teaching. As Mr Gough says, it's the progress which is more important. I'm not a resident of Dines Green, but when discussing the league tables before having seen them I used Dines Green as an example of a school which will do less well in these tables compared to our school in a more affluent area. I don't believe that means Dines Green is a bad school any more than being near the top of the table makes ours a good school (it is a good school, but that's not directly related to the league table).
It's silly to rank schools in this way when it depends so much on the ability of the pupils they have (and also where they are when they start school), rather than necessarily on the quality of the teaching. As Mr Gough says, it's the progress which is more important. I'm not a resident of Dines Green, but when discussing the league tables before having seen them I used Dines Green as an example of a school which will do less well in these tables compared to our school in a more affluent area. I don't believe that means Dines Green is a bad school any more than being near the top of the table makes ours a good school (it is a good school, but that's not directly related to the league table). chrism

1:50pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Up-and-away says...

Dines Green has just been awarded a Level 1 (Outstanding) by the Local Authority. This is a school that really cares. The real difference this school makes to so many childrens lives is not judged under Ofstead guidelines. The head teacher and loyal committed staff, have not just changed a city’s view of a ‘school’ but in many cases of a whole area. As a Dines Green resident, a school governor and a parent with 4 children under their care I would never dream of sending my children anywhere else.
Dines Green has just been awarded a Level 1 (Outstanding) by the Local Authority. This is a school that really cares. The real difference this school makes to so many childrens lives is not judged under Ofstead guidelines. The head teacher and loyal committed staff, have not just changed a city’s view of a ‘school’ but in many cases of a whole area. As a Dines Green resident, a school governor and a parent with 4 children under their care I would never dream of sending my children anywhere else. Up-and-away

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