Primary schools named in ‘top 50’ list

Nigel Evans
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Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has welcomed the news that four Ribble Valley primary schools have been included by the Sunday Times’ Good Schools Guide.

Ribchester St Wilfred’s C of E and Barrow Primary schools were both listed in the top 50 small English state primary schools, while Gisburn Primary and Langho St Leonard’s were listed in the top 500 English state primary schools.

I will always stand up for primary schools in the Ribble Valley

Nigel Evans MP

Mr Evans said: “I am delighted that not just one but several of our local schools have been recognised in this way.

“The only surprise for me was that more Ribble Valley schools were not in the list.

“We are all incredibly fortunate to have such high achieving schools in our area, with hard working teachers and supportive parents.

“Primary education is perhaps the most vital part of the education system.

“If a child leaves primary school without the same numeracy and literacy skills as their peers, it is unlikely they will catch up and will be forever at a disadvantage.

“It is therefore vital that primary schools are properly funded and that they receive enough Government support.

“I will always stand up for primary schools in the Ribble Valley.”

Mrs Christine Marchi, headteacher of Barrow Primary which has 144 pupils, was “delighted’’when the Advertiser broke the news to her about the school’s honour this week.

She said: “We always want the very best for our children and that is very much a team effort by teachers, parents and the children themselves.”

Mrs Angela Cottam, who is head of St Wilfrid’s was unavailable for comment.

The Good Schools Guide is an indepth document listing the UK’s top 2,000 primary and secondary schools.

The Sunday Times provides a definitive list of the best primary and secondary schools ranked by exam results.

It includes state and independent schools with a profile of each one.

On the website there is also a video feature on the number one ranked independent school and an archive of previous years’ performances are also included.