School is top of the table

Wilberfoss school - Jackie Horsman retires after 20 yrs at the school
Wilberfoss school - Jackie Horsman retires after 20 yrs at the school

WILBERFOSS Primary School is celebrating after topping the East Riding league table for children’s attainment.

Based on the SATs results of its Year 6 pupils, the school came top in the region and is now listed in the top 200 in the country.

All Year 6 pupils achieved the national average of level four in their English and maths tests, and over half excelled to the above average level five in both subjects.

Acting headteacher Rachel Hatter said: “We are delighted with the pupils’ achievements and see our success as a joint effort between pupils, teachers, support assistants and parents that begins in the Foundation Stage and continues throughout the Key Stages.”

There is further good news for Wilberfoss Primary as it was recently announced that it has made the shortlist for a Church School Award.

The awards, launched in September 2010, recognise the work done by schools in terms of community cohesion and global citizenship.

The judging committee will meet later this month to select the 10 regional winners at both primary and secondary levels.

Regional winners will be invited to a gala ceremony in London in March to receive their award and Rachel Hatter said that all at Wilberfoss Primary School were ‘delighted’ to have made the shortlist.

One teacher who will not be returning to the school after the Christmas break is foundation stage teacher Jackie Horsman who has retired from her post after 19 years.

She was instrumental in helping the school’s foundation unit achieve glowing Ofsted ratings.

Rachel Hatter described Mrs Horsman’s impact on the school, saying: “When we created our foundation stage unit, Mrs Horsman became the foundation stage leader, building up the enviable environment that youngest pupils enjoy, leading her team towards gaining Ofsted’s ‘outstanding’ rating for foundation stage provision and also an ‘outstanding’ for her own leadership abilities and curriculum development.

“The whole school said goodbye to her in a special assembly.

“We will miss her and wish her well in her retirement.”