Sunderland school hailed as one of the best

Pupils from Hudson Road primary school celebrate with headteacher, Cathy Westgate on their key stage 2 success.

Pupils from Hudson Road primary school celebrate with headteacher, Cathy Westgate on their key stage 2 success.

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STAFF and students at a Wearside school celebrated being among the country’s top primaries.

Hudson Road Primary School in Hendon has been placed among the top 100 primary schools for the CVA score.

The score measures the value the school adds to the life and education of its pupils from when they start to when they leave.

An average score should be around 100, but the Villiers Street South school gained a score of 103, placing it among the top 100 in the country in the Government’s latest round of league tables for primary schools.

Cathy Westgate, headteacher at the school, said to get such a high score is a big achievement and down to hard work from everyone involved.

She said: “We are the school in the most deprived area of Sunderland, so it is really a nice achievement for us to have.

“It is down to excellent teachers, who work really, really hard. We have wonderful support staff and have a huge amount of support from parents.

“Everyone is really thrilled that we have been placed in the top 100 in the country like this. It is such good news.”

The school also celebrated a rise in the Key Stage 2 Sats results with 79 per cent of children gaining a level four or above in 2010, compared to 44 per cent in 2009.

Mrs Westgate said the pupils at the school work very hard and all the staff have their best interests at the heart.

She said staff work extremely hard to make sure every child at the school achieves the best they possibly can.