Primary literacy results praised by government minister

We are extremely proud of our Primary school who received a letter (see in full below) from Minister of State for School Reform, Nick Gibb, congratulating them on achieving such excellent results in their phonics tests this year, with Ark Academy being ranked within the top 5% of primary schools across the country.

In the letter, Mr Gibb said: 'I am pleased to learn that you have ensured that your Year 1 children have a firm foundation in reading, from which they can develop further and become increasingly fluent readers.'

Primary Headteacher Mr Doswell was delighted: 'Our phonics results were particularly strong, with 95% of pupils passing the Year 1 phonics check, compared to a national average of just 78%. The school uses the Ruth Miskin phonics programme in order to ensure early literacy and the founding blocks of reading and writing.

Our children in Early Years have also achieved very well with 84% of the children achieving a good level of development, far exceeding the national average of 60%.

It is lovely to receive such recognition from the government for our achievement and we look forward to continuing this standard of results during this academic year.'

A huge well done to all Primary staff and students and, especially Mrs Oscroft, for your hard work and dedication.