Rossendale named as one of top 10 places to live in UK

Balladen Primary School in Rawtenstall is one of those highlighted as making Rossendale a desirable place to live

Balladen Primary School in Rawtenstall is one of those highlighted as making Rossendale a desirable place to live

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AN East Lancashire borough has been named as one of the top 10 places to live in the UK because of its primary schools.

The Sunday Times ranked Rossendale as one of the most sought-after areas because of recent education league tables.

Rossendale boasts three schools in the country’s top 500 for literacy and numeracy.

Of the other nine areas recommended, including St Albans, Rugby and the London areas of Bermondsey and Ruislip no area has more than three or four of these high-achieving schools.

The three primaries listed are Balladen Community in Rawtenstall, Helmshore and St Veronica’s RC in Helmshore.

They rank 111th, 334th and 403rd in the country respectively. However St Mary’s Primary in Haslingden, which isn’t mentioned in the list, topped an earlier table in first place when ranked with the nation’s similar schools.

The Lime Road school came joint first with three other schools, with headteacher Donna McNicoll receiving a letter praising their hard work from schools’ minister David Laws.

Chair of governors at Rawtenstall Balladen, Nick Pilling, said the school was also gaining increasing recognition and was judged ‘outstanding’ at its last Ofsted inspection.

He said: “We have certainly seen an upturn in pupils coming on roll, so we would probably struggle to accommodate any more. We have got a good, committed team of staff and we are very pleased with the results we have been getting.”

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1:56pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Reality50 says...

Low immigration,great scenic views and good motorway links are the real reasons not the schools.
Low immigration,great scenic views and good motorway links are the real reasons not the schools. Reality50
  • Score: 11

4:51pm Mon 24 Mar 14

The Epicurian says...

Tis a dump.
Tis a dump. The Epicurian
  • Score: -16

5:51pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Loving lances says...

No schools from Bacup listed? Two from Helmshore. Is it worth pointing out that Helmshore has Conservative councillors.
No schools from Bacup listed? Two from Helmshore. Is it worth pointing out that Helmshore has Conservative councillors. Loving lances
  • Score: -6

6:41pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Bluelizzy says...

So... the only criteria was schools for literacy and numeracy ? that's it ?

Income, housing, culture, crime rates, employment, wages, standard of living etc ? Pwwwahhh !
So... the only criteria was schools for literacy and numeracy ? that's it ? Income, housing, culture, crime rates, employment, wages, standard of living etc ? Pwwwahhh ! Bluelizzy
  • Score: 10

7:38pm Mon 24 Mar 14

mys says...

What a joke, helmshore used to be a beautiful place to live when I was young,schools were good and the people were lovely,now it's like anywhere else, if your face fits your ok if not you've had it,to many outsiders have spoilt it.
What a joke, helmshore used to be a beautiful place to live when I was young,schools were good and the people were lovely,now it's like anywhere else, if your face fits your ok if not you've had it,to many outsiders have spoilt it. mys
  • Score: -3

12:55pm Tue 25 Mar 14

HelmshoreBoy says...

Loving lances wrote:
No schools from Bacup listed? Two from Helmshore. Is it worth pointing out that Helmshore has Conservative councillors.
Okay, so you have highlighted the fact that Helmshore is a Conservative ward with Conservative Councillors, which represent the majority of Conservative residents. The area has highly rated educational establishments ranging from preschool, primary to the High School. Is it any coincidence that three have recently faired near the top of the latest Ofsted league tables? I think I can answer that one for you - No. Compare them against education standards for other areas in East Lancashire and its no wonder!

I'm glad I live in Helmshore and my children have had the benefit of our local education.

Sour grapes methinks!
[quote][p][bold]Loving lances[/bold] wrote: No schools from Bacup listed? Two from Helmshore. Is it worth pointing out that Helmshore has Conservative councillors.[/p][/quote]Okay, so you have highlighted the fact that Helmshore is a Conservative ward with Conservative Councillors, which represent the majority of Conservative residents. The area has highly rated educational establishments ranging from preschool, primary to the High School. Is it any coincidence that three have recently faired near the top of the latest Ofsted league tables? I think I can answer that one for you - No. Compare them against education standards for other areas in East Lancashire and its no wonder! I'm glad I live in Helmshore and my children have had the benefit of our local education. Sour grapes methinks! HelmshoreBoy
  • Score: 0

3:27pm Tue 25 Mar 14

boynesider says...

i'm not a great fan of league tables for everything as statistics can be manipulated and don't show the true picture.saying that let's give the teachers,staff and children the credit and not some bloated egos(councillors)
i'm not a great fan of league tables for everything as statistics can be manipulated and don't show the true picture.saying that let's give the teachers,staff and children the credit and not some bloated egos(councillors) boynesider
  • Score: 0

4:49pm Wed 26 Mar 14

pdb951 says...

What a load of old Bo***cks.

Those who come out with these stats want locking up. You idiots!
What a load of old Bo***cks. Those who come out with these stats want locking up. You idiots! pdb951
  • Score: 1

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