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Lindfield Primary Academy praised by Minister of State
04 December 2017
Lindfield Primary Academy has been praised by the Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards, for the excellent achievement of its Year 1 pupils in this summer’s phonics screening check.
Over 96% of pupils at Lindfield reached or exceeded the pass mark in 2017, which places the academy in the top 6% of all primary schools in the country.
In a letter to Marcus Still, Principal of the academy, Nick Gibb said ‘Your success in teaching phonics means your pupils are developing a firm foundation in reading, from which they can become increasingly fluent and develop a lifelong love of reading. Thank you for your work in this vital area of a child’s early education and congratulations again to you and your staff for all you have achieved.’
Phonics are the letter sounds which are the basis of reading. The phonics assessment shows how well pupils can use the phonics skills they have learned since starting school.
Helen Howard, the Trust’s Director of School Improvement said ‘Phonics and reading are extremely important parts of the key stage one curriculum in the University of Brighton Academies Trust’s primary academies. The outcomes for Lindfield’s pupils are outstanding and I am delighted that the hard work of pupils and staff have been recognised by the Minister.’