Leeds primary school is named top of the class

Helen Sanderson, headteacher at Meanwood CofE Primary School.
Helen Sanderson, headteacher at Meanwood CofE Primary School.
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Pupils and staff at a Leeds primary school are celebrating after they were named the Sunday Times State Primary School of the Year.

Meanwood Church of England Primary was praised for its exemplary SATS results and Ofsted reports.

Headteacher Helen Sanderson said: “We’re just bowled over by the news.

“That’s out of 20,000 schools in the country.

“We have some particularly young and enthusiastic staff who have amazing stamina and are keen to learn from outstanding practitioners.

“We have high aspirations for everyone and I think our communication is good; everyone works closely together.

“But above all we put the children first.”

Ofsted inspectors praised the outstanding the achievement of pupils from low-income households, those who are disabled, those with special education needs and those from minority ethnic groups.

The Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, welcomed the news and added: “This is fantastic news for Meanwood Church of England Primary School.”

Students Hanyi Jin, Beth Arscott, Amarjit Singh, and Kate Stevens in the exhibtion space.

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