‘Simply the best’: Withern school gets best results in Lincolnshire

Proud headmaster James Siddle with pupils at St Margaret's CE Primary School, Withern. EMN-141212-151335001

Proud headmaster James Siddle with pupils at St Margaret's CE Primary School, Withern. EMN-141212-151335001

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A small village primary school has stormed to success for the third year in a row after receiving the best Key Stage 2 SATS results in Lincolnshire.

St Margaret’s CE Primary School in Withern was the only Lincolnshire primary school to appear in the table of the 213 highest achievers, with an impressive average point score of 31.9 across English and Mathematics tests.

St Margaret’s also performed well nationally, achieving 169th place out of around 17,000 primary schools.

The results were released by the Department of Education on December 11.

Headteacher James Siddle was delighted to see the school receive such excellent results for the third year in a row.

Mr Siddle said: “These results are a tribute to the good team working here and our really good curriculum.

“We give our pupils a really rich experience which is really important - it’s not just about passing tests.

“It’s not all about ability, it’s about hard work. We have high expectations of our pupils. It’s about the children aiming to do better than their best, as they may be yet to discover their full potential.

“It’s nice to think that our results have been successful since I started here three years ago, as I have a moral imperative to prepare our pupils for secondary school.”

Mr Siddle added: “In 2012 we were listed as one of the top 105 schools, and last year we were best in the county for attainment.

“Statistically, small schools tend to yo-yo between good and bad results, so we have defied statistical probability by remaining consistent over the past three years.”

Congratulations to all pupils and staff at the school.