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Mr Hammill's Autumn 2017 Welcome

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Welcome back, it’s been another busy summer, but finally our new entrance is open and we will reconfigure the existing and new office spaces in the coming weeks.

 

As you will have noticed, we have also rearranged the cycle and bin storage. Moreover, we’ve also managed to construct an outdoor classroom space in the previously under used front garden. Our resident landscaper will be back to add a few final flourishes before half term.

 

In the last week I’ve been involved in looking at the end of Key Stage Two test results prior to the publication of league tables in December. At this stage we get the results of remarked scripts and can take out the results of children who have recently arrived from overseas for whom English is not their first language. Before sharing the good news with you, I would like to quote W B Yeats, who famously remarked that ‘Education is not the filling of pails, but the lighting of a fire’.

 

I’m proud to say at Lyndhurst we have never ‘hot housed’ pupils, but maintained breadth and balance in the curriculum whilst some schools have gone ‘narrow and deep’, focusing only on core subjects and in some cases teaching solely to the tests.

 

One positive feature of the many changes this year is the introduction of progress scores. Based on the end of KS1 test results a whole school progress score is calculated for individual subjects. You are then compared with schools with similar scores at KS1, which can reflect the complexity and challenge of a school intake. It also attempts to challenge schools with a consistently high attaining intake. Results published recently also compare results nationally according to the type of school. Unsurprisingly academy conversion does not seem to be the only answer to schools in difficulty.

 

Anyway, listed below are the headline figures.

 

Attainment of reading, writing and mathematics, % of children achieving expected levels in all three and % children achieving higher scores

  % at expected standards in all % reaching higher standard in all
LA maintained schools  54%   5%  
Academies and free schools  53% 5%
Lyndhurst Primary School 72% 13%

 

Attainment: averaged scaled score (100 is a pass score, 110 is considered a high score. The range is 80-120)

  School 2016 National 2016
Reading 108.56 103
Writing (teacher assessed) not calculated not calculated
GPS 108.56 104
Mathematics 105.98 103

 

Attainment: % of pupils achieving or exceeding the expected standards

    School 2016 National 2016
Reading

Expected

Above

81%

42%

66%

19%

Writing

Expected

Above

83%

15%

74%

15%

GPS

Expected 

Above

81%

51%

72%

23%

Mathemathics

Expected 

Above

87%

26%

70%

13%

 

As you can see, the results were very good indeed and congratulations are due to the pupils and staff who worked hard to achieve them. Parental support was and is always a very significant factor.

 

Without going into too much detail, our progress scores were well above national averages in all subjects. Our progress score in reading put us in the top 5% of schools nationally.

 

When the tables are published in December, I’ll produce another summary report.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Nick Hammill.

Headteacher

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