A Wigan School Is Celebrating Being Named In The Top 3% Of Schools In The Country

After a difficult year, a Wigan school has been praised for “producing such high standards” and being in the top 3% of schools nationally for the results students achieve.

Government figures released recently revealed that Westleigh Methodist Primary School pupils, who are part of the Acorn Trust, performed “Well Above Average” for progress in all the key areas of reading, writing and maths in their Key Stage 2 exams.
In a letter from the Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Damien Hinds MP, and the Minister of State for School Standards, Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, the school was recognised for its “hardwork and professionalism.” The Ministers added that: “We want to equip every child with the fluency in reading, writing and mathematics necessary to prepare them for a successful secondary school education and beyond, and your school has provided this.”

Not only were these results a marked improvement on outcomes in 2017, but what makes this particularly impressive is the school hasn’t had the easiest of years. In March, just weeks before the exams were sat, a fire ripped through some of the school’s classrooms and library causing significant damage.

Amy Burkes, Headteacher, said: “In so many ways, these results really sum up what this school is all about.

“We can’t deny that the start of the year came with its challenges. Seeing a large part of the school go up in flames is not an easy thing to deal with – particularly when you have to ensure that the children continue to receive the best possible standard of education.

“I am so proud of the children. They, alongside the rest of the community, worked so hard to ensure that our school remained open and our children continued to learn. It is fantastic that all our work has been recognised by those at the very top of Government. ”

 Julie-ann Hewitt, CEO of the Acorn Trust of which Westleigh is part, added: “What I am most impressed with is the level of consistency. Our pupils didn’t just excel in one area, there was progress across the board. This not only shows how talented our pupils and teachers are, but also the impact that our new curriculum offer is having. We have been working tirelessly to help ensure that children are really inspired and engaged by their lessons, and these results show that we are really moving in the right direction.”

The role of the strong partnerships that have been forged across the Acorn Trust was also recognised as being a key factor for the school’s impressive results.

Mrs Hewitt said: “Collaboration is key to the Trust. We are lucky to also have the Ofsted rated Outstanding Bedford Hall Methodist Primary School in our family of academies. The two schools have developed really strong links with one another, sharing best practice and innovative ideas. That is why the whole of the Trust is so proud of what Westleigh has achieved.”

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