Preston school is a first class act says minister

St Gregory's Philip Bates celebrates success with some of his pupils
St Gregory's Philip Bates celebrates success with some of his pupils
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A city school is celebrating after being named among the nation’s best.

St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School, Preston, has been told that excellent performance in the classroom has has put the Deepdale school in the top one per cent of primary schools in the UK.

The school received a letter from Schools Minister David Laws MP, congratulating headteacher Mr Philip Bates on his pupils’ outstanding success.

According to latest data 100% of pupils who sat the national Key Stage Two tests in maths and reading last year gained level four B and every pupil reached the benchmark level four in writing.

This put St Gregory’s among one of only 159 schools in the country to achieve such results.

Headteacher Philip Bates said: “At St Gregory’s we work really hard to ensure that our pupils get the best education possible when they come to our school.

“All our pupils take pride in their achievements and the news that our school is in the top one per cent of schools in the country is another achievement that they are all incredibly proud of.”

The older pupils are currently creating an area in school to publicise and celebrate the work and achievements of the pupils, encouraging and inspiring everyone to work hard.

Head boy, Melvin Joyce added: “We have a school motto which encourages us to ‘be the best that we can be at everything we do’ and at St Gregory’s we are always taught to be proud of ourselves and our work. Receiving the letter shows us that we have another reason to be proud!

Over in Garstang,near Preston, the community academy has also been applauded for it’s success in adding value to pupils’ education.

Last year’s 167 Year 11 students were the second-highest achieving across Lancashire for their “value added” score.

The Bowgreave school was also in the top six per cent of all schools nationally for its value added achievement and received a letter from David Lawes MP, which recognised “the excellent performance of all its pupils, particularly its disadvantaged pupils.”

Headteacher Phil Birch praised his “wonderful students” and said: “We are delighted that our students performed so well.”