School’s remarkable success under Dearne headship


A DEARNE headteacher has driven forward her second school to become the most improved primary school in Yorkshire, as revealed by the latest primary league tables.

Sarah Creighton, who is executive head of the The Hill Primary Academy at Thurnscoe, and part of a larger Dearne group of academy schools, has helped Littleworth Grange at Barnsley become the third most improved primary school in England.

The success is attributed partly to new systems to improve the tracking of pupils’ performance and teaching quality, plus a quality curriculum fully engaging both children and teachers.

Ninety-two per cent of 11-year-olds at Littleworth Grange reached level four, the expected standard, in English and mathematics at key stage two standard assessment tests (SATs) in 2012.

This compares with only 32 per cent of 11-year-olds in 2009, at which point the school at Lundwood was judged inadequate by schools watchdog Ofsted and given a notice to improve.

However, a steady improvement in pupils’ SATs tests over the past four years was followed last year by the school’s removal by Ofsted from the category ‘inadequate’.

Executive Headteacher Sarah Creighton said: “It is down to a lot of really hard work by staff and pupils and support from the governing body and the whole school community.”

Mrs Creighton was appointed to Littleworth Grange two years ago.