Pupils and staff praised

Pupils at a north Northumberland school were celebrating this week after learning they had scored a 100 per cent success rate in the recent SATs tests.

Every Year 6 pupil at St Mary’s Church of England Middle School in Belford reached the Level 4 grade or above in English.

And 94 per cent of the youngsters were graded Level 4 or above in maths.

The school’s results are up 25 per cent in just three years.

Twenty-nine per cent of pupils gained Level 5 in maths, with the same proportion obtaining Level 5 in English.

Delighted headteacher Lynne Brookes said: “This is a fantastic achievement and congratulations are due to all the children who worked so hard and to the staff here.

“I’d also like to thank the parents for the support they have shown.

“I believe you cannot underestimate the importance of children having a good supportive home life with parents who are interested in their children’s learning.”

Mrs Brookes gave up working at the fee-paying independent Wakefield Girls High School in West Yorkshire to become head at St Mary’s in September 2009, and saidthat the latest results show how much the school has improved its performance in recent years.

“This has been a truly outstanding effort,” she said. “The staff have made great efforts and we have put strategies in place here and worked hard as a team to help the children achieve their full potential.”