MINISTERIAL congratulations have been received by a Staffordshire Moorlands school to mark progress made by children and to commend it for being one of the top performing schools in England.
Great Wood Community Primary School in Tean has undergone significant change over the past two years, leading to its highest-ever grading from Ofsted, its placement in the top 10 of the Staffordshire Primary Schools League tables and correspondence from the Department for Education to advise that the school is in the top three per cent nationally in terms of progress in reading, writing and maths.
The letter from Nick Gibb MP, the Minister of State for School Standards, both congratulates and thanks the school for its hard work and commends Great Wood on how well it prepares children for a successful secondary education and beyond.
Speaking of their success, Libby Cooper, aged 10, said: “In our school, I like that we get to work together with partners, as this means you can communicate with your friends as well as learning at the same time. I also love reading to the little ones, so they can hear us read and we can help them with tricky words and even find out more of what they enjoy.”
Year six pupil Ryan Jones, aged 10, added: “Literacy lessons are brilliant here at Great Wood.”
Jared Eccles, Executive Headteacher of Great Wood and The Moorlands Primary Federation, said: “When I opened the letter, “I was so proud to see that the children’s hard work and enjoyment of learning has been recognised by a Minister of State.
“These youngsters are a pleasure to be around and are always eager to take on-board more knowledge.”