Priestley on Sunday Times’ top 100 places to study list

CREDIT: The Warrington Guardian


THREE Warrington schools have made it into The Sunday Times’ list of the top 100 places to study in the country.

Staff at Grappenhall Heys Primary, Evelyn Street Primary and Priestley College have been celebrating after the Parent Power guide named them in an annual list of leading schools.

Grappenhall Heys is the 86th best state primary school in the country according to the league table, which ranked schools by their SATs results.

Fifty-five per cent of pupils aged 11 at the Stansfield Drive school achieved a level five in their reading, writing and maths, which is the grade expected of 13-year-old secondary school students.

Head teacher Kelly Jackson said: “I am extremely proud that our school has featured in the top schools in the country.

“The recognition of being rated in 86th place means that we are in the top one per cent of schools nationally. This achievement is the result of being thoroughly supported by an outstanding governing body who give so much to our school, working with a highly talented and committed staff team who go above and beyond on a daily basis, the partnership we have with our parents who support the school in so many ways and of course our amazing children who make our job so worthwhile.

“I feel truly blessed to have such a wonderful team and I am delighted that the hard work of everyone in our community has been recognised at a national level.”

Evelyn Street Primary was named the UK’s 40th best small state primary school and head teacher Louise Smith said she was ‘absolutely delighted and immensely proud’ to be on the list.

Of the 226 pupils, 68 per cent achieved a level five or higher in their key stage two tests.

Ms Smith praised children, parents and staff and said: “Work is well underway in this academic year and we are all working incredibly hard to ensure our students receive the best education possible in a caring and supportive environment where they feel valued, are happy and secure.”

Priestley College also caught the attention of the Parent Power guide and ranked as the 70th best sixth form college in the country based on the class of 2015’s A-level results in facilitating subjects.

Principal Matthew Grant said: “To be considered one of the best colleges in the country is obviously a great honour for us and justification for the hard work of all the tutors, staff and students at Priestley College.

“We are particularly proud of this achievement as an inclusive college because it shows that students who come to us make great progress after their GCSEs regardless of their starting point.”

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