Success as figures show two Harrogate primary schools make massive improvements

Two Harrogate primary schools have shown drastic improvements in performance, Government figures have shown.

Friday, 10th January 2020, 3:52 pm
Updated Friday, 10th January 2020, 3:54 pm

New Park Primary Academy and Starbeck Primary Academy, both part of Northern Star Academies Trust, were ranked highly in the Department for Education's Primary Schools Performance Tables 2019.

After results that were below national average for quite some time, Northern Star Academies Trust appointed Rob Mold as the new Headteacher of New Park Primary Academy in 2017.

Starbeck Primary Academy is one of the schools which has made huge progress.

It is now in the top five per cent in the country for progress and significantly above national average on attainment.

In April 2017, then Starbeck Community Primary School was placed in Special Measures. Shortly after the judgement, Garry de Castro-Morland was appointed as an experienced Headteacher and Richard Walker, a parent, became the new Chair of Governors.

The school was rated 'Good' by Ofsted in 2019 and the new figures have shown it is now performing well above the national average for pupils achieving the 'expected standard'.

Garry de Castro-Morland, Headteacher at Starbeck Primary Academy, said: “We are delighted with the outstanding outcomes and the progress made by our children which in all cases have been well above or above the national averages this year.

"This, combined with our rapid improvements over the last couple of years as recognised in our recent highly positive OFSTED inspection, are down to the dedication and hard work of our staff, children and school community.

"Joining Northern Star Academies Trust in September has been a further highlight and we are excited to have become part of such an inclusive and forward-thinking trust who fully support our future plans.”