Top of class for exam excellence

LET'S HEAR IT FOR HOLY CROSS! -- head teacher Pat Snowdon celebrating this week with six of her pupils -- DISPIC NHUD11-3293-1
LET'S HEAR IT FOR HOLY CROSS! -- head teacher Pat Snowdon celebrating this week with six of her pupils -- DISPIC NHUD11-3293-1

A PROUD school in Hucknall has been graded as one of the best in the entire country when it comes to exam results — beating off competition from thousands of rivals.

Holy Cross Roman Catholic Primary features as highly as 18th in a ‘league table’ of top primary schools produced by ‘The Times’ newspaper.

The list is based on attainment in Standard Attainment Tests (SATs) over the last three years and involved analysis of results at 17,000 primary schools.

Holy Cross head teacher Pat Snowdon has been at the helm of the school on Leen Mills Lane for 12 years.

She said: “I knew we featured highly on the list but didn’t realise we were as high as 18th. We are all absolutely delighted.

“It’s a tribute to all the staff and governors for their hard work and to the efforts of parents and the children themselves.”

The ‘league table’ has been produced as a guide to help parents in the process of applying for school places next year.

Positions are determined by SATs taken by 11-year-olds in the core subjects of maths, English and science.

A maximum score of 300 is available each year. From 2008 to 2010, Holy Cross achieved an impressive aggregate of 297.

Holy Cross has been Hucknall’s best-performing SATs school for the last seven years. With 224 children on the roll and waiting lists for every class, it is popular among parents.

It also boasts a top ranking of ‘outstanding’ from the Government Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED).

Next year, one of the school’s 11-year-old pupils is even on target to sit his GCSE in maths — an exam usually reserved for 16-year-olds.

When asked why Holy Cross achieves so highly in exams, Mrs Snowdon said: “We do a lot of individual teaching, and I am heavily involved.

“It’s about tailored teaching to work with a child’s strengths and to tackle any weaknesses.

“The school sets high standards and I am always on the go. But it cannot just be done by the school. It is a partnership with the parents.”