26 February 2016

Prince Edward Primary School has been congratulated by the Government for what is described as ‘high standards of educational achievement’ and ‘hard work and professionalism’.

The letter of commendation followed the announcement that the school had ranked in the 100 top performing schools in the country for progress made between Key Stage1 and Key Stage 2.

Prince Edward Primary has gone from strength to strength following improvements over the years and the hard work is paying off.

In his letter to the school, Secretary of State for Schools, Nick Gibb MP says that they want to ensure that every child progresses to the very best of their ability in reading, writing and mathematics, and that the school is clearly putting great effort into this.

Head teacher of Prince Edward Primary, 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 in the school are excelling with results higher than the national average. In reading, 66% of pupils are making 3 levels progress compared to national 33%, 42% of pupils in writing made 3 levels progress compared to national 36% and in maths 66% of pupils in the school made 3 levels progress compared to national 34%.

Cllr 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.”

Pupils at Prince Edwards are also enjoying a new school building, since moving last Easter. There are new facilities in the building, an Art Studio, a Food Tech room, a well-stocked library and a variety of outdoor spaces.

As thrilled as the school are with their letter, they are not complacent, they continue to strive for improvement and see that the pupils enjoy all aspects of the school curriculum.

The school puts part of its success down to the collaborative nature of working within the local schools known as SSELP (Sheffield South East Learning Partnership). The schools in SSELP share the same vision, action plans and expertise. Teachers frequently network with each other and share best practice.