Congratulations from the Secretary of State for Schools

Nacton CEVC Primary School named in national 100 list of top performers

Head teacher Miss Joanna Kidby and her team of teaching staff are celebrating today after receiving a letter from Minister of State for Schools, Rt Hon David Laws MP confirming that Nacton Church of England Voluntarily Controlled Primary School has been placed amongst the top 100 performing schools in the UK.

The school has achieved this national rating after their results have shown sustained improvement in attainment at Key Stage 2 (age 11) each year from 2012 to 2014.

In his letter, Mr Laws congratulated the staff, governors and pupils for their hard work and success and praised the school’s leadership.  Joanna Kidby, head teacher of the school since 2012, was delighted to receive the letter and said: “This achievement is thanks to the continuous focus on high quality teaching and hard work from staff, ensuring all of our pupils get the best possible start in life.”

Councillor Lisa Chambers, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Minister for Education and Skills reiterated Mr Laws’ letter congratulating Miss Kidby on this success:  “On behalf of Suffolk County Council I wish to congratulate Miss Kidby, her staff, school governors and  of course all the pupils on this great achievement! It is fantastic to see the school named in the top performing national list as a result of their continued hard work.”

Miss Kidby and her team introduced an array of creative strategies to engage pupils in learning, including the introduction of ‘Heathcliff the Reading Dog’, a focus on high quality visits to inspire learning and a creative themed curriculum.

She continues: “I am so proud of everyone connected to our school, especially the teaching staff, who have given their time and commitment to make the school so successful. Everyone is valued, treated as an individual and Nacton CEVC Primary is like a big family. I show prospective parents around and explain to them that, when their child is offered a place here, you receive more than an excellent free education; you get membership to our family. Respect, tolerance and resilience are just some of the Christian values we model here.”

Miss Kidby also works closely with the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Education Team and as a Challenge Partner to schools, giving advice and assisting leadership.

The Golden Mile is launched

We are participating in a national activity called ‘The Golden Mile’. The children have just completed their first Golden Mile! Any walking done by you or your child will be logged onto a tracker sheet. All children receive certificates for taking part and if they reach certain milestones (10, 15, 20 miles etc), they get extra certificates. The aim is to complete 50 miles in the year. This is a non-competitive activity, designed for improving personal fitness and enjoyment. Children can walk, run or cycle, even taking the dog for a walk counts! Year 6 monitors will keep track of the miles.