School in north Norfolk celebrates clutch of awards - one ranking it in top 10pc of schools

PUBLISHED: 17:48 16 March 2018 | UPDATED: 18:21 16 March 2018

Stalham Academy. Picture: Nick Butcher

Stalham Academy. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A school in north Norfolk has celebrated a clutch of awards, including one which ranks it in the top 10pc of schools nationally.

Stalham Academy head teacher Glenn Russell. Picture: Nick ButcherStalham Academy head teacher Glenn Russell. Picture: Nick Butcher

Stalham Academy has been praised for its key stage two exam results last year after the Schools, Student and Teachers network (SSAT) analysed government and Ofsed data.

The school, which is part of the Right for Success academy trust, was found to be among the best performing primaries in the country, with attainment in reading, writing and maths at key stage two in the top 10pc of all schools nationally.

In last summer’s exams, the school saw a remarkable 91pc of its 56 pupils achieve the government standard - a 10 percentage point rise on 2016.

The SSAT, which compares all state-funded schools in England, said progress made in those areas was in the top 20pc, with progress made by disadvantaged children particularly high.

The new regional schools commissioner Sue Baldwin visits Stalham Academy.
Picture: Nick ButcherThe new regional schools commissioner Sue Baldwin visits Stalham Academy. Picture: Nick Butcher

Headteacher Glenn Russell said: “It’s an amazing achievement to receive this recognition. I am very lucky to be at a school with a massively talented staff.

“They are very caring with the children and very understanding of their needs. Stalham Academy is a school that lives the approach ‘valued people, successful school’ and this is evident in the care that the staff have for the children, the leaders have for the staff and the whole community in general.”

He thanked pupils, governors, parents and staff for their work.

Sue Williams, chief executive of SSAT, said: “These awards recognise an important aspect of the schools work, but, as we know, there is much more to recognise in a good school like Stalham Academy.”

It comes after the school was praised in other areas - including through the BBC Terrific Science School of Excellence award, which has seen the school take part in several investigations. Pupils have also been working with The Woodland Trust as part of its Green Tree Schools Award, which has seen them enjoy outdoor learning. Having moved through bronze, silver and gold levels, the school has now earned its platinum award plaque.

And the school has also been praised for its focus on staff training in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. It is currently applying for the Primary Science Quality Mark at the outreach standard, which would demonstrate its support for staff in other schools. If successful, it would be the first school in Norfolk to do so.

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