SATs Makes Us Proud

The first year six pupils at St Ives Primary School are celebrating completing their SATS.

The first year six pupils at St Ives Primary School are celebrating completing their SATS.

One east Dorset school had a very good reason to celebrate the end of its Year 6 SATs.

For St Ives Primary School these important national tests marked a significant milestone in its history.

The Year 6 pupils who sat the tests were the first of the school’s children to have ever faced Key Stage 2 SATs.

And although St Ives has been a first school for many years, it was not until last September that it became a fully fledged primary school.

And as headteacher Laura Crossley explained, it was a very proud moment for the school.

She said: “I am exceptionally proud of this group of Year 6’s resilience and determination to do their very best in all areas of school life and this was the approach they took to completing their SATs.

“They are fully aware of the history they are making at St Ives and take pride in the part they play, and have played, in this.”

After their SATs were completed the group of 27 ten and 11 year-olds were able to unwind when they were treated to an orienteering festival at Moors Valley.

And the youngsters are also set for a week’s long adventure on the Jurassic Coast in which they will drive a powerboat and abseil down Dancing Ledge as they mark the end of their time at St Ives.

St Ives, part of the Heath Academy Trust, transformed from being a first school to a primary school last September.

It made the transformation to ensure the village’s children could attend a local school from age four to 11.

CEO of Heath Academy Trust, Justine Horn, said: “St Ives is our first primary school so not only is this a proud moment for them, but it is also a proud moment for everyone in the Trust.

“We received feedback from the community that they wanted an all through primary school so their children could attend a local school up to the age of 11

“We are pleased we are meeting the needs of the people we serve and we are incredibly proud of our first intake of Year 6s.”

In addition to St Ives Primary School, the Heath Academy Trust comprises of five other schools in east Dorset: Oakhurst Community First School and St Mary’s First School in West Moors, St James First School in Alderholt, Sixpenny Handley First School and Three Legged Cross First School.




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