HARD WORK: Year six teacher Alec Lees goes over some classwork with pupils Jessica Beesley and Joseph Bouazizi 							             TM pic
HARD WORK: Year six teacher Alec Lees goes over some classwork with pupils Jessica Beesley and Joseph Bouazizi TM pic

GREEN Lane Primary School has finished in a top five position in the Department of Education’s national league tables.

The school’s progress and performance in reading, writing and maths has secured it fourth place out of 125 similar school in England, and eighth out of all 230 primary schools in County Durham.

The league tables measure children’s progress from their achievement at age seven in year two, to their achievement aged 11 in year six.

Headteacher Rob Goffee said while the county league table clumped all schools together, the national figures compare schools that are similar in size and have a similar number of pupils on free school meals or special needs.

Explaining the school’s success, Mr Goffee said: “I think we have big expectations in all the children.

“We believe every child can achieve and we don’t put a ceiling on success.

“Where a child has a particularly need, we have excellent special needs support to personal care to help the child succeed.

“We have great depth in reading, which is a fabulous skill to pass on to secondary school.”

Referring to the school’s Church of England ethos, Mr Goffee added: “It is also the fact that we do believe in respect for all and the children live and breathe that.”

Points are scored for maths, reading and writing.

Green Lane performed particularly well at maths, with its score of 3.3 well above average. The writing score of 2.4 was above average and the reading score of 2.1 was rated average.

Green Lane was in the top ten per cent of primary schools in country for maths.

Year six teacher Alec Lees said: “We are thrilled. With every passing year of status we have had year-on-year progress.”

Year six pupils are also buzzing with excitement over their achievement.

Joseph Bouazizi said: “I think the school has done quite well with getting where we are. Maths is not my strong point, but I do quite like science because you get to do experiments.”

Fellow pupil Jessica Beesley added: “We have improved in math and English. My favourite lesson is English because I like to write stories.”

Harry Gilbert added: “I think it is great we made it to the top four. It took some team effort with a touch of excellence.”