Top Of The Class Again
Wednesday 20th January 2016 @ 14:35 by Lee Wild
News Stalybridge

Millbrook Primary School is celebrating after once again being officially named one of the top schools in the country.

The Bank Road school in Stalybridge has twice been judged as outstanding by Ofsted.

It has now received recognition for being among only 187 primary schools nationally to attain Key Stage 2 (KS2) results where 100 per cent of pupils achieved level 4b or above in reading and maths and level 4 or above in writing combined.

It is the sixth time the school has been recognised for achieving top results since 2006.

The fantastic achievement reflects a sustained improvement in Key Stage 2 results across Tameside as a whole.

In all, 69 per cent of pupils achieved these levels at KS2 in 2015 compared to 60 per cent in 2013.

Other Tameside schools to achieve notable results include Fairfield Road Primary School, Droylsden, and St Christopher’s RC Primary School in Ashton, with both attaining 97 per cent.

Millbrook Primary Head teacher Elizabeth Turner attributes the school’s success to a “broad and balanced curriculum” as well as a whole school effort.

She said: “This is a great outcome of a bigger picture.

“We are not an exam factory.

“This is a result of a lot of hard work from the whole school community, from pupils and staff to governors and parents, from the early years onwards to prepare and equip pupils with skills and experience they can use not just in secondary school but in all aspects of life.

“For example, we have a Forest Schools base on site where pupils can get involved in outdoor learning and teamwork and then bring these skills into the classroom.

“This recognition validates all our hard work and inspires and reinvigorates us to continue to give that little bit extra and change lives, because that’s what we do at this school.”

Tameside Council Executive Member for Lifelong Learning Cllr Lynn Travis said: “This is a wonderful achievement for Millbrook Primary.

“It is a testament to the hard work of teachers, pupils, parents and governors.

“While schools are not just about test results, there is a clear indication here that these pupils are being prepared well for future success. Well done to everyone involved.”