Praise for top primary school from minister

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A SCHOOL has been named among the best in the country in using a particular teaching method.

St John the Baptist CE Primary School in Titchfield Common was sent a letter from education minister Nick Gibb saying the school was in the top five per cent at phonics – teaching English by connecting sounds with spelling patterns.

Headteacher Elaine Merriman said she was delighted with the result.

She said: ‘Our aim is to give our pupils the very best education that we can.

‘It is heartwarming to know that their efforts are recognised by the minister in this way.’

Mr Gibb’s letter read: ‘I am writing to convey my warmest congratulations to you, your staff and your pupils for the very high standard of achievement in the 2015 phonics screening check.

‘With at least 95 per cent of pupils at St John the Baptist reaching or exceeding the pass mark in the check, your school is in the top five per cent of all primary schools in the country.’