Super-phonic Ranskill Primary praised by Minister

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A primary school is celebrating being among the top two per cent of schools in the country for high achievement in phonics.

All year one pupils at Ranskill Primary School achieved 100 per cent in recent phonics screening checks set by the government.

In recognition of this, the village school headteacher received a letter of congratulations from Minister of State for School Reform Nick Gibb, praising the “hard work and professionalism of you and your staff”.

Headteacher Stuart Moody, who took up post in Easter this year, said he was delighted with the results. He praised the work of KS1 co-ordinator Jane Heald and Colette Jeffery in particular and said: “I’m thankful for the hard work carried out by everyone here in school, and by parents for their support at home.”

The school has a ‘regimented’ programme for the teaching of phonics, he said, adding: “We do a lot of targeted group work within our structured system that is unrelenting so far as it is put in to practice every day.”

In his letter, MP Nick Gibb said: “I am writing to convey my warmest congratulations to you, your staff and your pupils for the very high standard of achievement in the 2015 phonics screening check.....We want to ensure every child develops a firm grasp of phonics which is why I was so delighted to see your results.”

He continued: “With 100 per cent of pupils at Ranskill Primary School reaching or exceeding the pass mark in the check, your school is in the top two per cent of all primary schools in the country. This year’s figures show 99 per cent of pupils who reach the pass mark in the phonics check go on to achieve at least the expected standard in KS1 reading.”