Making education exciting and instilling “awe and wonder” into learning are behind the success of Millfields Primary School, according to headteacher Janet Meacock.

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The 210-pupil school in Wivenhoe excelled in recent SATs tests and came joint ninth in the country for the average score attained by its students.

“We are delighted with the results and are very proud of our school,” said Mrs Meacock.

“We have a normal catchment and are not selective, and we’ve been on the up for about five years.

“Our success is built on having amazing teachers and school staff, and supportive governors and parents.”

In an effort to make things exciting for youngsters, each term a theme is introduced across all age groups and tied in with the aims of the curriculum.

This term the theme is “Magical Mystery Tour” – leading to the reception class learning about witches and potions and Year Six pupils working on a production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Frequent visits out of school are also used to broaden the education.

Last week, parents and pupils met up with local astronomers to learn about the night sky.

Pupils also have a say in how lessons are planned – another approach that keeps them engaged.

“If a pupil’s suggestion is well received, teachers will try and develop it and tie it in with learning goals.

“It takes a lot of confidence for teachers to take this approach and teachers across all the age ranges deserve a lot of credit,” Mrs Meacock added.

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