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Full marks for Colden as it tops school league tables

Colden School tops the key stage two league tables in Calderdale. Pictured are Gala Baldacci, head teacher Tony Greenwood, Rowan Buttler, Greta Oxley, Noah Chisholm, Aria Howden, William Hall and Scarlett Sharp

Colden School tops the key stage two league tables in Calderdale. Pictured are Gala Baldacci, head teacher Tony Greenwood, Rowan Buttler, Greta Oxley, Noah Chisholm, Aria Howden, William Hall and Scarlett Sharp

An upper Calder Valley school is celebrating being top of the class in Calderdale in the latest key stage two league tables.

One hundred per cent of pupils at Colden Junior and Infant School achieved level four or above - the national benchmark - in reading, writing and maths in the 2013 exams - the only school in Calderdale to achieve full marks. Headteacher Tony Greenwood said the performance was a credit to the hard work of pupils, staff, parents and governors who make a “great team”.

Mr Greenwood said: “Whilst the tests are by no means the school’s focus we are very pleased for our pupils who did so well.

“We aim to produce a challenging and fun curriculum.

“The results indicate that is a formula which works well.”

As well as being the best in the borough, Colden is also in the top 50 in the country.

Janet Battye, who chairs the board of governors, said: “The children and staff here consistently achieve well.

“This year’s results demonstrate this yet again.

“I’m proud of the performance of the school.”

There were also impressive results at Shade Primary School, which features in Calderdale’s top ten and is the highest placed Todmorden school.

Ninety-three per cent of pupils achieved level four or above in reading, writing and maths.

Headteacher Jan Dawson said: “At Shade Primary School our children and staff work hard to ensure each child achieves their potential.

“We set aspirational targets for our children and encourage each child to aim high.

“Our children enjoy coming to school and enjoy learning.

“My team of dedicated staff work hard to inspire and motivate the children and teachers constantly review the curriculum to ensure learning is also fun.

“We are very pleased with the high percentage of children achieving level four or above in reading, writing and maths and with the high percentage of children making expected progress at the end of key stage two.”

The data released by the Department for Education shows standards in Calderdale for both attainment and progress are above the national average.

And a report produced by Ofsted shows 82 per cent of primary schools and 80 per cent of secondary schools in the borough are now being rated as good or outstanding - an increase of 13 per cent and 30 per cent respectively.

Coun Megan Swift, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for children and young people’s services, said this highlights the hard work by all those involved with schools and education in the borough.

“I’m delighted but not surprised that our schools have been rated so highly in this report. The hard work and commitment of everyone involved with Calderdale schools has really paid off, all across the borough,” she said.

 

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