Top marks for Stalybridge schools

STALYBRIDGE has some of the best schools in Greater Manchester.

St Peter’s RC Primary School, Stalybridge

ST Peter’s is the top performing primary in the combined authority after recent SATS results were analysed.

And St Raphael’s, Millbrook, is also named in the top 10 schools.

It comes not long after Stalyhill Primary was included in the Sunday Times Top 200 Performing Schools in the UK.

St Peter’s is no stranger to success as it consistently features highly in league tables.

Headteacher Elaine Summersgill was delighted, saying: “We are very pleased with our results this year which are due to the determination and commitment of the children and staff, supportive parents and our Catholic ethos.”

Mrs Summersgill explained various organisations compile studies into results.

She said: “We are a consistently high performer in terms of the points we pick up in these tables.
“It is how different people interpret the data.

“In the latest case it is the results of the SATs tests completed by year six children.

“They look at the percentage of pupils reaching expected levels and those achieving a higher score.”

At the end of year six, children take national curriculum assessments – more commonly known as SATs – which cover reading, maths, grammar, punctuation and spelling.

They must also complete a teacher assessment in reading, writing, maths and science.

To reach the expected standard, pupils must achieve a scaled score of 100 or more in their reading and maths tests, as well as being judged to be either ‘reaching the expected standard’ or ‘working at greater depth’ in the writing teacher assessment.

St Peter’s was one of only two primaries in Greater Manchester to achieve a 100 per cent success rate for expected levels with 14 per cent reaching a higher level.

Lower Kersal Community Primary, Salford, was the only other primary in Greater Manchester to secure a 100 per cent score.

Mrs Summersgill added St Peter’s also regularly features in the national Sunday Times tables.

“We have been regularly in the top 250, as high as 50 and I think we are 216th this year,” she added.

Mrs Summersgill also pointed out St Peter’s had been in the top five and 10 per cent of schools in the country for teaching of maths.

St Raphael’s in Millbrook

St Raphael’s, meanwhile, had a 96 per cent record for expected levels and 22 per cent for a higher level.

Lynn Lakner, acting headteacher at St Raphael’s, said: “We are really pleased to be in the top 10 performing primary schools in Greater Manchester.

“We are proud of the hard work done by the children, staff and governors. It is down to great teamwork.

“We are in a shared parish with St Peter’s and great that both schools have done so well.”

Schools in Trafford performed the best in Greater Manchester, with 76 per cent of pupils across the area meeting expected standards, and 16 per cent achieving a high score.

Schools in Rochdale performed the worst, with 60 per cent of pupils meeting expected levels and only six per cent getting a high score.

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