Withern Primary School celebrates being nominated for prestigious Times Educational Supplement Awards for outstanding numeracy

School head James Siddle with pupils Imogen Vinter, Rubie Long, Paige Desforges, Deborah Brooks, Franki Wiliamson, Cody Taylor and Bradley Smith.
School head James Siddle with pupils Imogen Vinter, Rubie Long, Paige Desforges, Deborah Brooks, Franki Wiliamson, Cody Taylor and Bradley Smith.

St Margaret’s Church of England Primary School in Withern narrowly missed out on a prestigious national education award after being shortlisted for excellent numeracy and maths.

The school was a finalist in the Times Educational Supplement (TES) Awards which were held earlier this month.

The nomination came after the school’s outstanding progress in numeracy and maths under head James Siddle.

Ultimately they lost out to the St John Plessington Catholic College from Merseyside but the school was proud to have been recognised.

Mr Siddle said: “It was great for a small village school to be nominated.

“The school is now in the top three per cent for numeracy in the country, just two years ago we were really struggling.

“We have incorporated plenty of outdoor learning and have used technology like iPads for peer tutorials.

“We have had Durham University in to look at what we’ve been doing with digital technology.”