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Ridgeway Primary Academy celebrates fantastic success

Ridgeway Primary Academy celebrates fantastic success Thursday, February 16 2017

Pupils have proved writing is as easy as ABC by making their school the most improved in that subject of any mainstream primary in the country.
Their efforts with pencil and paper over the past three years mean Ridgeway Primary Academy in South Shields, is ranked the best among 21,000 other schools in England and Wales.
New government figures also show the school is in the top one per cent – or approximately 250 schools – for improvement in reading and maths jointly, between the ends of Key Stage 1 and 2.
For reading, writing and maths combined, it is rated the thirteenth best nationally and has the highest percentage of children in South Tyneside achieving a higher standard in their SATs, with overall progress the best in the borough.
School bosses say the results further confirm the huge turnaround in fortunes since Ridgeway became an academy sponsored by South Tyneside College in 2013, when it was judged failing by inspectorate Ofsted.
The latest success comes just a month after Ofsted praised the school’s overall improvement in its latest standards’ report, citing the upward trend as ‘dramatic’.
Headteacher Michael McCarthy said: “These are fantastic figures which show the rapid progress our school is making across many subjects.
“They are the latest significant step in our ambition to be an outstanding place to learn, and reflect the dedication of staff, parents and pupils to that aim.
“Everyone at the school is thrilled at this exceptional achievement - to be the most improved of all mainstream schools for writing is quite something.
“Coming so soon after our highly successful Ofsted report gives everyone here a great sense of satisfaction. I am delighted at our overall progress.”
The Department of Education statistics are based on the performance of pupils in school years 3 to 6, and relate to those who completed key stage 2 in the summer of 2016.
Dr Lindsey Whiterod OBE, Chief Executive of South Tyneside College, said: “It is no overstatement to say these figures are quite exceptional.
“They reflect the fantastic change that has been brought about and show a school where everyone is working for a common good, which is to give high-quality education to all pupils.
“Staff and pupils deserve huge for credit for the way they have worked together to bring about this change, and parents have also been very supportive.
“These results, and those of the Ofsted report, are vindication of all steps that have been taken to make Ridgeway a very good primary school, and I believe further success will follow.”
In December, a glowing Ofsted report described development of learning from what had been lower-than-average starting points as ‘dramatic’.
The education inspectorate found the ‘focus and determination’ of senior leaders had improved Ridgeway rapidly since the previous inspection in 2014.
Such motivation had transformed the 260-pupil school, which was given notice to improve in February 2010 after standards in maths, literacy and other areas, fell below national levels.
A follow-up report in 2012 identified improvements and led to a ‘satisfactory’ Ofsted grade.
In 2013, Ridgeway became an academy and joined the South Tyneside Academy Trust, sponsored by South Tyneside College.
The college’s leadership has provided support around curriculum and management, and its lecturing teams have given direct learning support to pupils and teachers.
The partnership has also seen Ridgeway benefit from the college’s high-quality facilities, broad curriculum knowledge and vast support network.
While Ridgway achieved the best results of any mainstream primary, a special school was recognised the most improved of any primary in the country.

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