They came, they Sat, they conquered!

Pupils at Glendale Middle School celebrate their Sats success.
Pupils at Glendale Middle School celebrate their Sats success.

PUPILS and staff at a north Northumberland school are celebrating after a more than Sat-isfactory set of results.

Glendale Community Middle School came out on top of the county this year for their results in the Key Stage 2 assessments taken at the end of Year 6 and commonly called Sats.

The Wooler school saw 97 per cent of its pupils gain the expected level four or above in English while they swept the board in maths with a 100 per cent level four or above rate. Overall 97 per cent of pupils gained a level four or above in both maths and English.

Headteacher Ruth Bull said: “We were delighted, absolutely delighted.

“We never, ever had 100 per cent of children get level four in maths and the English results were the best we have ever had as well.

“We want to raise the number of level fives because they are not as high as we would like but it’s still a reason for celebrating.”

Miss Bull put their success down to ‘extra support strategies to help those that struggle a little’.

“We have had after-school clubs for maths and English for children to come if they want and that’s helped boost confidence,” she said.

“They were new last year and we ran them again this year and it’s clearly paid off because the results improved last year but they have continued to rise.

“We made it fun and the children could change out of uniform and we gave them toast and drinks. It wasn’t drilling them for the exams. The turnout was good so they must have been fun.”

In 2009, the school saw level four and above rates of 67 per cent in English and 92 per cent in maths, which rose in 2010 to 86 per cent in English and 98 per cent in maths.

A spokeswoman for Northumberland County Council said: “Glendale Middle School staff and pupils are to be congratulated for their excellent results.

“Many others across the county have also performed extremely well and we will continue to work with schools across the county to maintain high standards and improve results where necessary.”

Figures published by the Department for Education show that the average number of pupils achieving level four or above in English and maths is 71 per cent while the average for England this year was 74 per cent.

Also well above these marks was Rothbury’s Dr Thomlinson C of E Middle School, which managed 87 per cent for both subjects as well as 96 per cent of pupils gaining level four or above in maths, against a county average of 79 per cent.

Headteacher Heather Cape said: “We are delighted with the results. They are a reflection of the hard work put in by both pupils and staff.”