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16th May 2016

Rising to the challenge 

Year 6 children showed 'true grit' and strength of character during the Key Stage 2 SATS week and I felt so proud of every single one of them. Faced with tests that would have tested children who have spoken English since birth, our children; the vast majority having English as an additional language, kept their focus, self belief and confidence.

Whilst walking around all test bases, I was amazed by the quality of the strategies used and the working out shown in the Maths papers. Our children have valued and learned from the opportunities given to them at Easter school and Booster clubs after school. A huge thank you goes to the Year 6 team led by the talented Mrs McMullen and all staff who have played their part in preparing the children to sit these tests.

It is sad that we live in a world where for Reading, Maths and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling, it is these tests which judge the attainment of our children. Harehills Primary School couldn't have asked any more of the children and I hope their results will truly reflect the effort, knowledge and skills that they all possess because they deserve to do well.