A Lichfield primary school is celebrating after being named as one of the leading centres in the country for Key Stage 2.

St Joseph’s RC Primary School on Cherry Orchard was congratulated on being in the top 3% in the country by Nick Gibb MP, Minister for School Standards.

In a letter to headteacher Deirdre McLeary, Mr Gibb said:

“I would like to congratulate you, your staff and your pupils on the very high level of progress that pupils made in the reading, writing and mathematics Key Stage 2 assessments last year.

“In terms of the progress your pupils make between Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, your school is among the top 3% of primary schools in the country.

“The Government wants to ensure that every child has the fluency in reading, writing and mathematics necessary to prepare them for a successful secondary education and beyond, which is why I was delighted to see your results.

“Thank you for your work in continuing the drive towards higher academic standards, and congratulations again to you and your staff for your commitment and success.”

Nick Gibb MP

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  1. Whilst it’s good to celebrate success this comes at a cost. The school puts a huge amount of pressure on the Year 6 children. Parents are left to pick up the pieces of stressed children and pay for extra tuition to ensure they keep up with the expected standards. The narrow focus on the SATS is wrong and is a national problem. Year 6 was a sad end to an otherwise enjoyable time at primary school. My child is now much happier at secondary school with a greater choice of subjects and less pressure.

  2. My child excelled at St Joseph’s for the time that she was there. The kind, caring and thoughtful staff were mindful of my child’s development as a rounded person, not just academically. The staff are dedicated and really want the best for the children in the community. I couldn’t speak highly enough of the professionalism and warmth that the school has, they thoroughly deserve this pat on the back!

  3. @Anon parent… There seems to be a contradiction in the two posts you have made. One full of concern and the other full of praise.
    I think it is quite legitimate to be worried that too much pressure could be having ill effects on childrens mental health. To some extent it is the school that is being tested and judged by results. This type of league table assessment is bound to put pressure on pupils and staff. I personally think more research is needed. No one knows the child better than the parents. If you are concerned that their school experience is causing them problems then talk to the school, or even the governors.
    Even in later life we still refer to our early years schooling. It can make or break you, and not just in the academic sense.

  4. Back in my day by the time you were 10 you were practicing 11 plus or a common entrance exam, also our school days were longer, didn’t do us any harm

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