Kildwick Primary among top 500 in UK

Keighley News: Pupils, from left, Adriana Stazieri, Amelia Nelson, Lucy Richardson, Angus Wild, Oliver Ashmore and Ben Pickard celebrate Kildwick being named in the Sunday Times Top 500 primary schools Buy this photo » Pupils, from left, Adriana Stazieri, Amelia Nelson, Lucy Richardson, Angus Wild, Oliver Ashmore and Ben Pickard celebrate Kildwick being named in the Sunday Times Top 500 primary schools

A South Craven primary school is celebrating after being listed among the country’s leading performers.

Kildwick C of E Primary has been ranked 84th in the Sunday Times Top 500 Primary Schools in the UK.

The school saw all its key stage two pupils achieve level four in English and maths last year, compared to a national average of 79 per cent.

And 52 per cent of Kildwick pupils also gained level five passes. Nationally, the figure was 27 per cent.

Headteacher, Debbie Cooksey, said the school was delighted to be included in the Sunday Times rankings.

“We’re very proud the dedication of the staff, the hard work of the children and the support of parents and governors has been recognised,” she added.

The Sunday Times’ schools tables were compiled using data from national SATS tests for 11-year-olds in more than 17,000 primary schools across the UK.

They looked at pupil data during the past three years, and scored schools by the percentage of pupils who achieved level four (national expectation) and above in reading, writing and maths.

Kildwick Primary has 131 pupils, mostly from the village and neighbouring Farnhill, but also drawn from other areas.

Nearly three years ago it underwent major refurbishment to create additional classrooms and a kitchen. There are now five classrooms, four of which are mixed-age classes.

In its 2009 Ofsted inspection report, the school achieved top marks across the board.

It was judged to be outstanding in the overall effectiveness of the school and the early years foundation stage, achievement and standards, personal development and wellbeing, quality of provision, and leadership and management.

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