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Top-five results for primary school where pupils shine

'It isn’t about league tables and it isn’t about numbers but it’s about individual progress'

09 November, 2018 — By Ella Wilks-Harper

Teacher Dan Frost with Hamdan, Apollo and Kamilah

A HIGHBURY primary school has achieved remarkable SATs results, putting it in the top five per cent for reading and 20 per cent for maths and writing in nation­wide progress scores.

Laycock Primary School has the highest proportion of children with special educational needs (SEN) in the borough. Despite this, the school’s performance is twice as good as the national average for SEN children.

According to headteacher Emmanuel Keteku, it’s down to an inclusive environment.

“We’re celebrating diversity,” he said. “Our deaf children are gaining a lot from the inclusion of the school. It isn’t about league tables and it isn’t about numbers but it’s about individual progress.”

The school welcomed a new method of measuring progress introduced two years ago. Mr Keteku believes this has allowed a fairer overview, taking into account the children’s context.

He added: “It [the measures] has allowed us to really shine. “We are really proud of the achievements of the children and the staff.”

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