Barrow takes a top spot in national league tables

Barrow Primary School year 6 pupils and staff celebrate being placed in the top six primary schools in England.
Barrow Primary School year 6 pupils and staff celebrate being placed in the top six primary schools in England.

A rural primary school is flying the flag for the Ribble Valley.

League tables showing the performance of 11 year olds at primary schools across the borough have been published by the Department for Education. Pupils are assessed in reading, writing, and maths and expected to reach a Level 4 standard in all.

Staff and pupils at Barrow Primary School are celebrating after coming sixth best in a list of top 100 high achieving schools in the country. This means 100% of Year 6 children at the Old Row school achieved at least a level four in reading, writing and maths in their Key Stage Two SATS.

Overjoyed with the recognition, headteacher Christine Marchi, said: “We’re all delighted to be ranked 6th in the country for our standards of achievement.

“We are a small, close knit community, very well supported by parents and governors. It’s the combination of this, a very hard working team of staff, who try to make the curriculum as interesting and stimulating as possible, and fantastic children who are keen to learn.”

Other Ribble Valley schools that appeared in the top 100 in the country were Ribchester St Wilfrid’s C of E Primary School, which was placed 43rd and Gisburn Primary School, which was ranked 69th. Waddington and West Bradford Primary School also appeared on the best 200 schools in the country, claiming the 187th position.

County Coun. Matthew Tomlinson, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “This year’s SATs results show that once again, schools in the county are producing good results.

“The proportion of junior school Year 6 pupils reaching Level 4 and above in reading, writing and maths was 81% this year – higher than the England average, which was 79%, and the North-West, which was 80. It was also up by 4% on last year and by 5% on the year before that.

“I’m also delighted by the news that for the first time in Lancashire, over 90% of pupils made at least the expected progress. This shows what excellent work our schools are doing.”