Students and staff at a Sheffield school had a ‘wonderful surprise’ after a Government minister penned a letter to praise them for ranking in the top 100 performing schools.
Prince Edward Primary School, on Queen Mary Road, Manor, received a letter from Secretary of State for Schools Nick Gibb MP this week which praised their high standards, hard work and professionalism.
The letter followed the announcement that Prince Edwards had ranked in the 100 top performing schools in the country.
In his letter, Mr Gibb said the school was putting ‘great effort’ into ensuring that every child achieved their very best in reading, writing and maths.
Head Teacher Matt Sieczkarek said: “I want to say how delighted we all are. It recognises all the hard work our staff put in for the school and for our children.
“The letter was a wonderful surprise and we are thrilled we are in the top 100 schools.
“Our teachers work tirelessly to ensure the pupils enjoy coming to school, enjoy their lessons, and pupils leave school equipped with skills necessary to succeed in the next stage of their school life.”
Pupils at Prince Edwards are excelling with results far above the national average – with more than double the amount of students reaching their Maths and English targets, compared schools across the country.
Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families said: “It is fantastic news that a school in Sheffield has been recognised nationally for its achievements, and is excelling in all the core subjects.
“Teachers across our city work hard, going above and beyond to make sure that our children and young people receive and enjoy the education they need to do well in life.”
In reading, 66 per cent of pupils at Prince Edwards are making required progress compared to national average of 33 per cent. In writing, 42 per cent of pupils are making expected progress compared to national average 36 per cent. In maths 66 per cent of pupils made the targeted progress compared to national average of 34 per cent.