Praise for school and its progress

Horton Grange Primary School in Blyth.
Horton Grange Primary School in Blyth.

A primary school in Blyth has been praised by a government minister for being among the top schools in the country.

Now he has urged the headteacher to share their expertise with other schools.

Minister of State for Schools David Laws has written to Horton Grange Primary School to congratulate it for the increasingly effective education of its disadvantaged pupils.

The school is now amongst the 100 top performing schools in terms of the progress pupils make from when they start in Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2 when they leave.

The headteacher is being encouraged by Mr Laws to “share your achievements with other schools so that they can learn from your strengths and experience”.

Mr Laws wrote in his letter: “It is clear that you and your staff have provided your disadvantaged pupils with a good start in life and prepared them well for secondary school”.

“I would like to congratulate your staff, governors, parents and pupils for their hard work and success and thank you for your leadership in making such a difference to the future success of pupils.”

Headteacher Jackie Chevaugion said: “The letter arrived totally unexpectedly, it was a lovely surprise.

“I am really proud of everybody. It recognises the work from every single member of staff, the children and the support of our parents.”

Dr Andy Johnson, the new director of education at Northumberland County Council said: “The recognition received by the school validates the effort, drive and determination of staff at the school and their belief that all pupils can succeed no matter what their circumstances. ”

“Statistics from the annual report of the local authority show that this is a key issue for all Northumberland schools to address.”