Dobcross school top of the class in national league table

Reporter: Ken Bennett
Date published: 30 November 2020

Staff at a tiny village school are being hailed as “unsung pandemic heroes” after achieving a top slot in a prestigious national primary school “league table.”

Holy Trinity Church of England Primary school, Dobcross, features in The Times top 250 primary school list securing 57th place. It is the third successive year they have made the list.

And, in a tribute to the school’s efforts, Reverend Canon Sharon Jones, Team Rector of Saddleworth, said: “In a year when our schools have faced unprecedented challenges, and teaching staff have been the dedicated unsung pandemic heroes this is a fantastic result for Holy Trinity.

”Congratulations to the whole school community,” she declared. 

The group effort of the 250-pupil school culminated in 30, Year 6 children taking their SATs at the end of primary school.

Schools are ranked on the 2019 aggregated average scale score achieved in Year 6 SATS in reading, grammar and maths.

Holy Trinity is an oversubscribed one form entry semi-rural CE school with an avowed aim for all pupils  to 'Learn to love and Love to learn' through developing skills and knowledge across a broad and balanced curriculum.  

The school places the Arts highly and ensures children learn core subjects of Maths and English through real and engaging cross curricular topics. Music, PE, Language and Art specialist teachers play a key part in delivering a broad and balanced exciting curriculum, which allows children the opportunity to perform, shine and succeed. 

The school is described as “a happy caring place to learn, where children are set high expectations and encouraged to build their skills in perseverance and resilience, to work hard and achieve the very best that they can, in anything they do.

“They promote our caring and nurturing ethos, working closely with the church and the local community, to ensure children have the necessary skills and understanding to become responsible caring members of society in their later life.”

The school is extremely proud of the way the Year 6 children are equipped with the necessary transferable learning and life skills to ease their transition into high school.  

And Liz Travis, the head teacher, said: “The inclusion in the top 250 Schools is a fantastic achievement of which we are all very proud.

“This could only be achieved with the dedication of staff, our wonderful hard working children and our incredibly supportive parents.  

“I feel humbled and very lucky to be head of such a wonderful school,” she added.


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