Catholic primary has best results in Portsmouth

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A PRIMARY school is celebrating the best results in the city – with an almost perfect set of pass rates for Key Stage Two exams.

St John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary in Landport saw 97 per cent of 11-year-olds achieving good passes in both English and maths.

The missing three per cent was down to one pupil going on holiday and missing the exam.

Every child at the school made the expected two levels of progress in English and maths throughout their junior school years – the second best result at any school across the region, after Thorney Island Primary.

Headteacher Catherine Hobbs said: ‘We are delighted with the results and in particular good levels of progress for every single pupil at this school.

‘The key is ongoing assessment and tracking of individual pupils and putting intervention programmes where children have gaps in their learning.

‘We want to ensure children have got high aspirations and we make them believe they can do anything they put their minds to.

‘The quality of teaching here is superb, as is the support the children get from learning support assistants.’

Top results are nothing new at St John’s which was rated outstanding by Ofsted in 2008.

Miss Hobbs said: ‘Children have to leave primary school knowing they are going to achieve and have a bright future ahead of them.

‘If children don’t fulfil their potential with us then we have failed them.’