Government minister’s ‘well done’ to village schools

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Two Ribble Valley schools have been congratulated by the Minister of State for Schools.

Mr Nick Gibb sent letters to both Waddington and West Bradford CE Primary School and Gisburn Primary School, congratulating both on their success in Key Stage 2 tests at the end of 2015.

Every pupil sitting the tests at both schools gained level 4B or above in reading and maths and a level 4 or above in writing.

And those results made them two of only 187 schools in the country to achieve this level of attainment.

Waddington and West Bradford school also received a separate letter of recognition for its performance in the phonics screening check, with more than 95% of pupils reaching or exceeding the pass mark, meaning it is in the top 5% of schools in the country.

Sarah Healey, head-teacher at Waddington and West Bradford said: “‘We were very pleased to receive the letters – we knew that our results were excellent, but it’s lovely to have the hard work of the staff and children officially and formally recognised by the Minister of Schools.”

A spokesman from the Department of Education said: “The minister feels that it is very important to recognise the hard work going on in schools and to communicate this to thank teachers and pupils for their ongoing efforts when they have excelled in a particular area.”