News 18th December 2018
Buckland Newton is the top Primary School in Dorset!
Buckland Newton CofE Primary School is celebrating after government performance tables were published showing that the rural school is the top primary school in the whole of Dorset!
Their progress measures were so high that as well as topping the Dorset tables, they were also placed 17th in the country for reading, 18th for writing and 75th for Maths – out of nearly 21,000 schools nationwide.
93% of pupils met the expected standards in reading, writing and maths, compared to the national average of 64%, giving them a ‘Well Above Average’ ranking across the board.
Headteacher Nicki Ralph said ‘’I am immensely proud of the all the children at Buckland Newton CE Primary School and what they achieve. This years’ fantastic results are a testament to my fantastic hardworking and dedicated team who all know the children very well and ensure they can be the very best they can be. We believe in educating the whole child and put great emphasis on creativity, music, art, performance and sport as well as academic performance. We really live by our Christian vision of ‘Every Child, Every Chance, Every day’ and value the happiness and progress of our children very much indeed’’
Steve Hillier, CEO of the Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust, of which Buckland Newton is a founding member, said “This is a tremendous achievement by Buckland Newton Primary – to be ranked highly two years in a row shows the quality of teaching being delivered in this small rural school. We are incredibly proud of the team there and the education they are providing, and would encourage parents to consider this school when making their applications for school places.”
Fellow SAST primary schools St Mary’s CofE Primary School and Thornford CofE Primary School should also be congratulated on their fantastic results, with St Mary’s ranked ‘Well Above Average’ in Reading, and Thornford ‘Well Above Average’ in Writing.
This year’s results are for last year’s academic year, which ended in the summer of 2018.