10 December 2018
A West Sussex primary school has been praised for its standards of reading and writing from The Rt Hon Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards. The ‘Outstanding’ plaudit, achieved in the 2018 Phonic Screening Test, places the school in the top 6% across the UK.
Mr Gibb MP offered his congratulations to Lindfield Primary Academy’s Principal, Marcus Still, saying:
“Your success in teaching phonics and early reading so effectively means your pupils are developing a firm foundation in reading. With 97% of pupils at Lindfield Primary Academy reaching or exceeding the pass mark, your school is in the top 6% of all primary schools in the country.”
Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.
Principal Marcus Still says of this success: “We are delighted with this wonderful achievement. We aspire for all our children to become confident, secure, caring individuals who achieve personal success through a sheer love of learning.”
It has been a bright few weeks for the school. In October this year, Lindfield maintained a ‘Good’ rating from the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) following a short inspection, with a recommendation for a further inspection to consider its potential for an ‘Outstanding’ rating.
The school has enjoyed a rapid upturn in results since joining the University of Brighton Academies Trust, sponsored by the University of Brighton, in 2015.
The Ofsted report highlighted: “A team of enthusiastic and highly motivated staff. There is a strong ethos of ambition and high expectations within a caring and nurturing environment. The school is a welcoming and happy place to be.”
Mr Still said: "I am delighted to add this Phonics achievement to the recent Ofsted successes. I want to thank our pupils, staff, local board members, parents and carers for their ongoing support and contribution.”
Dr John Smith, Chief Executive, University of Brighton Academies Trust, said: "I am very pleased with this outcome for Lindfield. It is so good to see the community in and around Lindfield benefitting from such a motivated set of teachers helping provide pupils with such a bright start.”