Top 25 ranking delight for middle school

Dr Caroline Pryer, Ponteland Community Middle School headteacher.
Dr Caroline Pryer, Ponteland Community Middle School headteacher.

Ponteland Community Middle School (PCMS) is among the best in the country for its SATs results.

It has moved up from 111th to 25th in the state school rankings published in the Sunday Times.

They are worked out by combining the reading, writing and maths attainment scores.

The table shows that out of the top 250 schools, there was only one other school with more children sitting the tests in 2018 – the PCMS cohort was 155.

This success comes as discussions are on-going about the future of the school.

PCMS has carried out consultations about change the school’s age range from nine to 13 to nine to 16.

More details were sought by Lord Agnew, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System, including on the issue of financial viability.

The school’s headteacher, Dr Caroline Pryer, told the Herald last week that meetings took place with Department for Education officials in September and October and they suggested PCMS consider becoming a primary school.

She added: “We are now waiting for a formal response from Lord Agnew to then take things forward as the work we’ve done over the last couple of months means we have solutions for both options.

“With all this going on, I’m delighted that the pupils, staff and everyone else in the school community has continued to focus on the children’s welfare and learning and it’s fantastic to be 25th in the national state school rankings.

“Our pupils enjoy a varied curriculum and the many sporting activities in PE and also before school, at lunchtime and after school, which is reflected in the Platinum SportsMark award that we received in July.”