Pupils at Portland Spencer Academy are celebrating after receiving a letter from Schools Minister Nick Gibb MP. The letter congratulated them on results which place their school performance amongst the very best in the country.
As Minister for School Standards, Nick Gibb MP is responsible for monitoring performance in schools.
Results for the 2016-17 academic year have now been analysed, and Portland Spencer has been identified as amongst the top 2% of schools for progress in reading, writing and mathematics.
Successes build on the school’s ASPIRE pact, which encourages exciting learning and a culture of high expectations.
Mr Gibb offered his congratulations to the Principal of Portland Spencer Academy, Kate Green, in a letter received this week.
He said: “I would like to congratulate you, your staff and your pupils on the very high level of progress that pupils in your school have made.”
The letter set out Portland’s key stage two results, and explained: “this means that your school is amongst the top 2% of schools in England in terms of the progress your pupils make between key stage 1 and the end of key stage 2.”
Key stage 2 results are seen as providing the foundation for successful learning and secondary level and beyond. As the letter concluded, the learning fostered by Portland Spencer will stand pupils in good stead, setting them up for success.
Kate Green agreed, saying: “We are a happy, friendly school at Portland Spencer, and we work together to secure the best possible future for each and every child. This letter is a wonderful recognition of how the school focus on fostering the learning behaviours that set children up for life, preparing them for very bright futures.”
The Minister’s good opinion was echoed by Dani Newbold, aged 8. Dani said: “This is great news! I’m an ASPIRE leader and I know everyone at our school works really hard and ASPIREs.”
Alison Newbold, mum of Dani, said the letter made her “feel proud of the school.” She had warm words for Portland Spencer, saying, “Staff at the school are approachable and have time for parents. My son always comes out of school smiling – the activities the children do in school make them want to come here.”