Sunderland school nominated for national award

TOP MARKS: Grange Park Primary headteacher Pauline Wood with some of the nursery pupils.
TOP MARKS: Grange Park Primary headteacher Pauline Wood with some of the nursery pupils.
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STAFF and pupils at a Wearside school are celebrating being shortlisted for a national award.

Grange Park Primary School in Sunderland is one of just eight schools across the country which is in the running to pick up a prestigious award.

It’s not about winning, just to be one of eight shortlisted as the best primary in the country is a fantastic achievement.

Pauline Wood, headteacher

The Swan Street school, which is in one of the most deprived areas of the city, is again proving how much can be achieved with hard work.

This is the second time the school has been shortlisted for the prestigious Times Educational Supplement’s 2015 awards, in the best primary category.

Headteacher Pauline Wood said everyone involved with the school was overwhelmed when they got the news they were shortlisted.

She said: “It’s not about winning, just to be one of eight shortlisted as the best primary in the country is a fantastic achievement.

“It is a massive honour for us.

“We were also shortlisted the year before last, so I would think for a school to be shortlisted twice will be unheard of.”

Mrs Wood said she didn’t know who nominated the school in the awards, but said it was a boost for everyone involved in the school who works so hard.

She added: “I think it is especially good when you consider we are in an area of high deprivation and that we are still an ordinary state primary and not an academy.”

Representatives from the school will be travelling to London in June for a glittering award ceremony.

Grange Park Primary School has enjoyed high levels of success recently, including being top in the city in the latest Sats results.

An amazing 100 per cent of youngsters gained the level four target and almost half, 45 per cent, gained the level five, when they sat the exam last May.

The school was also placed in the top five per cent of primaries in the country for making the best use of the pupil premium, and also in the top five per cent for the phonics screening of early years pupils.

Also, the popular primary school in Silksworth also has outstanding status from Ofsted inspectors.