Doncaster schools celebrate SATs successes

Taylor Hughes (r) and Jack Austin-Thomas, both 11 and of Hawthorn Primary School achieved a level six in their maths exam. Picture: Andrew Roe

Taylor Hughes (r) and Jack Austin-Thomas, both 11 and of Hawthorn Primary School achieved a level six in their maths exam. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Two brain boxes from Hawthorn Primary School are celebrating top class SATs results.

Year six pupil Jack Austin-Thomas notched up 100 per cent in his maths papers, while his clever classmate Taylor Hughes scored 99 per cent.

The Cantley-based school is celebrating a 96 per cent pass rate in the tests for reading and maths. Most of the 11-year-olds achieved level four or above - the required standard for their age.

And Jack and Taylor’s achievements were a first in the school’s history. They both achieved a level six, which is not expected until the age of 14.

Deputy head and maths co-ordinator Gina Parker said: “The commitment and dedication of so many people, particularly Year Six teacher Elizabeth McClellan, have played a huge part in this achievement.

“All the children have done brilliantly and I have certainly never known anyone to get such high marks as Jack and Taylor since I came here in 1999.”

The test results are particularly significant as Hawthorn Primary was placed in Special Measures by Ofsted last year.

Meanwhile, the Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Bentley is celebrating achieving the most improved Key Stage Two SATs results in Doncaster.

Some 84 per cent of pupils achieved level four and above in reading and maths, and 68 per cent in grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Year Six teacher Kerry Hughes said: “I am extremely proud of the children, they have really worked hard and should be very proud of their achievements.”

Governor Paul Batchelor added: “The Governors of the school are heartened by the progress that has been made over the past year.

“There has been a tremendous amount of time and effort invested in the school by the headteacher, Diane Collins, and all her staff. These results are a credit to both the staff and pupils at OLPH.”