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Newmarket's Ditton Lodge primary is named as one of the highest achieving in county




A Newmarket primary school has been named as one of the highest achieving in Cambridgeshire.

Ditton Lodge was ranked tenth across the county and is the best in the town according to government figures released on Thursday.

The St John’s Avenue school had 87 per cent of its pupils scoring at least 100 - the Department for Education’s ‘expected standard’ - in SATs and progress scores, which chart how much a child has improved between Key Stage 1 and 2, show maths advancement at the school was considered well above average, reading was above average, and progress for writing was average.

Ditton Lodge School
Ditton Lodge School

Headteacher Melanie Moore said: “We are extremely proud of these results which have come about through a lot of hard work from all our staff and students.

“We are a great school with a lot of great things happening every day. These results are just one example of that.”

The top schools in and around Newmarket (20599813)
The top schools in and around Newmarket (20599813)

Across England, the average number of children who meet the expected standard is 64 per cent but Suffolk and Cambridgeshire’s schools lag behind with an average pass rate of just 61 per cent.

St Louis Catholic Academy, in Fordham Road, is the second highest achieving in the town, with 69 per cent of its pupils meeting the expected standard - but it was considered below average for reading, well below average for writing, and average for maths.

Sixty-seven per cent of pupils at Paddocks Primary, in Rochfort Avenue, met the standard and across the three disciplines its progress scores were considered average.

And half of Laureate and All Saints pupils met the grade, with their progress score also described as average.

But just 28 per cent of children at Houldsworth Valley achieved at least 100 in their exam - and its progress score in reading was considered well below average, placing it in the bottom 10 per cent of schools across the country for this category. Maths improvement was considered below average and its writing progress was considered average.

Outside of the town, Exning Primary School has been ranked tenth in Suffolk because of its well above average progress scores and Fordham’s primary school was rated as the third best in Cambridgeshire.

Headteacher Katherine Coates said she was ‘thrilled’ with the results: “It’s wonderful news - our teaching staff are outstanding and work tirelessly for the children,” she said. “We are thrilled and it’s testament to all the hard work put in by staff and pupils.”

In Soham, The Weatheralls Primary School was ranked well below average across all three disciplines - ranking it the third worst in Cambridgeshire. Forty per cent of its pupils met the expected standard.

Dr Carin Taylor, executive headteacher, said: “It is now a much improved school with excellent staff working hard to help children make the progress they should.

“Last year’s results were weak because, unfortunately, a large number of children were not able to sit their SATs but their results still counted in the school’s overall scores.”

St Andrew’s CofE Primary School had better results but still fell behind the national average with 54 per cent of pupils meeting the expected standard. Its progress score in reading was considered below average, writing was considered well below average, and maths was considered average.