A Boston school is the fifth most improved in the country – with primary league tables showing the extent of its dramatic turnaround in fortunes.
Figures released last week showed that the number of pupils at Boston’s Staniland Academy gaining a level four – the target for 11-year-olds – has shot up from 49 per cent in 2009 to 96 per cent in 2012.
Staniland joined forces with Carlton Road and Haven High schools in 2009 as part of the Witham Academies Federation to help raise standards.
Executive head Adrian Reed: “Staniland has a long and proud tradition but found itself in a very difficult position in 2009 with extremely poor standards and being placed into special measures by Ofsted.
“The transformation of the school has been down to hard work of pupils, the building of an outstanding team of dedicated staff and support from a terrific governing body.”
Staniland Academy head Rachel Creasey added: “We are delighted that the work of our wonderful children has been recognised on a national platform, we are all extremely proud.”
The tables also make good reading for several other Boston borough schools.
Both Fishtoft and Quadring primary schools saw 100 per cent of pupils achieve the expected level in English in Maths. When taking into account other measures, Fishtoft finished top for the county.
Boston’s Park Primary and Carlton Road schools were the top two in Lincolnshire for ‘value added’ - a measure used to look at how well schools improve their pupil’s performance above the average. Park posted 103.4 and Carlton Road got 103.2 for their value added scores.