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Students at Newark's Sir Donald Bailey Academy and Flintham Primary School achieve well above average SATs exam results

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An academy's year six students have achieved outstanding SATs results.

Students at The Sir Donald Bailey Academy in Hawtonville, Newark, achieved 83% combined attainment in English and Maths, well above the national average of 59%.

The exellent results come as educational standards across the country have declined since the pandemic, with national averages of 59% having fallen from 65% in 2019.

The school is part of The Forge Trust, which has recorded above average results at three of it's schools.

Mr Sangha, assistant principal and year six leader at the academy, said: "I am so proud of the work-ethic our children have. They are dedicated and embody the school's motto which is Labor Omnia Vincit standing for hard work conquers everything."

Sir Donald Bailey students achieved above average SATs results. (58081624)
Sir Donald Bailey students achieved above average SATs results. (58081624)

Principal Mrs Knapp added: "We are very proud of our children's efforts and their hard work has paid off.

"I am also immensely proud of the team I have here at The Sir Donald Bailey Academy who put children first. The national average for combined maths and English attainment is 59% and we achieved 83%.

"We have been doing this for a number of years now and the executive senior leadership team of the trust believe our school is outstanding."

Mr Hessey, chief executive of the trust, said: "At a time when standards nationally are poor, our trust is excelling.

"We do not make excuses and blame the pandemic ­— we have a job to do and we get on with that job.

"We provide our children with an excellent curriculum and we ensure that they are secure in the basic skills of Mathematics and English. Too many schools overcomplicate things and concentrate on the wrong things."


The year six pupils of Flintham Primary School have also worked hard this year and this has paid off in the outstanding results they have achieved in their recent SATs.

All of the students achieved the national standard in maths and 70% of them achieved the higher standard.

In reading 90% of children achieved the expected standard.

This is the first time children have completed their SATs since 2019 due to the pandemic, which caused huge disruption to their learning.

Newly appointed head teacher Mrs Janette Dunderdale said: "I would like to pass on my thanks to all the class teachers and the previous head teacher for their hard work too.

"It is their dedication and commitment to our wonderful school which makes such things possible."

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