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Darwen headteacher hits back at councillors' ‘struggling’ claims
THE headteacher of a Darwen school and parents of children who attend have hit back at councillors’ claims that the school is ‘struggling’.
The Lancashire Telegraph last week reported that St Barnabas CE Primary School was discussed last week at a children and health overview and scrutiny committee meeting at Blackburn Town Hall.
Concerns were raised that it had only just hit the 60 per cent ‘national floor’ for pupils achieving Level Four English and maths at Year Six.
Headteacher Alison Howarth said she was surprised at what had been said in the meeting.
She said: “We were very disappointed with the comments as last year’s Year Six test results did not fall below the floor targets.
“Parents have been very supportive, particularly those whose children were in Year Six last year, knowing the quality of teaching and nurturing the children received during their years at the school.
“The children of St Barnabas remain the primary focus of all our attentions and we continue to strive for the very best outcomes for each individual in all that we do.
“We are very proud of our children’s progress in all aspects of their learning and development, what- ever their starting point or their individual needs.”
Parent Sonja Barnes, whose son Jack has Asperger’s syndrome, said staff at the school were superb.
She said: “We moved to the area from Australia in 2010 because my husband Paul’s family was originally from Darwen and we required support following Jack’s diagnosis in 2009.The support for children with Asperger’s in a mainstream education setting in New South Wales was lacking, so we moved to be closer to family.
“We were really pleasantly surprised at the level of support Jack received. This is a school that really cares about children and goes out of its way to help them.”
Mrs Barnes, of Egerton, added: “Jack had so much support that he got 100 per cent in his Level Three to Five maths test and is now on the Gifted and Talented programme at Canon Slade in Bolton. And this was a boy who had previously struggled in education.”
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