Data delight for primary school
Belford Primary School has been officially recognised as one of the best performing primary schools in England.
A Government website shows that in comparison with 125 similar schools nationally, Belford Primary ranked seventh for the percentage of children meeting the expected standard in the reading, writing and maths subjects.
And it was even better in other categories – the school ranked first for the amount of progress the children make between Key Stage 1 and the end of Key Stage 2 in writing and maths, and first for the percentage of children achieving at a higher level (greater depth).
According to these figures, there is no better performing primary school within 75 miles of Belford.
Headteacher Lorna Rainey said “The success of our school is down to the hard work and commitment of the children and our staff, and the support and encouragement that the children receive from their families.”
She also recognised the impact of the previous head teacher, Janet Robinson, on the performance of the school.
“Under Miss Robinson, as now, things like acquiring the basics in English and maths are non-negotiable, and this continues with any child who is struggling to meet the expected standards having an individualised programme of additional support and encouragement,” she explained.
“If we consistently expect a bit more of our children, they respond accordingly.”
The Ofsted website currently states that Belford Primary School’s total number of pupils is 77.