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East Anglia: Minister congratulates region’s best performing schools

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 January 2013

Chelmondiston C of E Voluntary Controlled Primary deputy head,  Kerry Palmer-Long and year 6 pupils celebrate the letter of congratulation for their 2012 exam results from schools minister, David Laws MP.

Chelmondiston C of E Voluntary Controlled Primary deputy head, Kerry Palmer-Long and year 6 pupils celebrate the letter of congratulation for their 2012 exam results from schools minister, David Laws MP.

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TOP performing primary schools across Suffolk and Essex have been congratulated for their academic results.

Schools Minister David Laws has written to a number of primary schools in the region praising them for their pupils’ test results.

In Suffolk, eight schools which achieved 100% in three key performance measures received letters. These included:

n Henley Primary School

n Birchwood Primary School

n Hintlesham and Chattisham Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

n Tattingstone Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

n Wetheringsett Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

n Chelmondiston Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

n St Mary’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, Woodbridge

n St Mark’s Catholic Primary School, Ipswich

In north Essex, three schools which achieved a clean set of results were singled out for praise by the Minister. These inlcuded:

n Terling Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

n Copford Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

n White Notley Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Pupils at all of the schools achieved at least a Level 4 or above in both English and maths exams.

Deputy head teacher at Chelmondiston Church of England Primary School Kerry Palmer-Long said: “We are absolutely delighted with the results. Credit has to go to our previous head teacher Christine Hayward who retired last year. “She taught the year six pupils who did so well in their exams. They were a dedicated, bright bunch so it’s good they have been recognised in this way.

“I am teaching year six now so it’s given me a goal to strive for and maybe even surpass.”

Sandlings and Langer Primary Schools in Suffolk were among 100 schools showing the most sustained improvement each year between 2009 and 2012 and also received a letters of congratulation.

Mr Laws said: “I would like to congratulate all staff, governors and pupils for their hard work and success and to thank the head for the leadership in continuing the drive towards the highest standards of educational achievement.”

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