Delight at pupils’ successful SATs scores

A drone picture of Ponteland Middle School pupils forming the Olympic rings.
A drone picture of Ponteland Middle School pupils forming the Olympic rings.

The headteacher at Ponteland Middle School has spoken of her joy after its excellent exam results were revealed.

The school’s percentages for reaching the new expected standards in the tougher national SATs tests, which were taken for the first time in May, were as follows – 95 per cent in maths, 92 per cent in spelling, punctuation and grammar and 87 per cent in reading.

In total, 73 per cent of the students reached the new expected standard in reading, writing and maths and each of the results were more than 20 per cent above the national average.

Ponteland Middle School was earmarked for closure in August 2019 as part of proposals for the local partnership, but it will remain open after being granted an academy order.

Headteacher Caroline Pryer said: “These results are a credit to the children, a reflection on the support and input from parents, but most of all an accolade of commitment and innovation from all the staff at a time when the school was earmarked for closure.”

The picture above of pupils forming the Olympic rings happened during a visit by international pole vaulter Sally Scott, a former Morpeth King Edward VI School student.

She and a fellow athlete did some circuit training sessions and were part of special motivational assemblies.