A MIDDLE school is celebrating after achieving high scoring SATS results.

Ponteland Middle School’s Key Stage 2 results for 2019 are even better than last year’s, with the school’s scores in English and maths on the rise.

English reading improved from 88 per cent to 96 per cent, English spelling, punctuation and grammar from 92 per cent to 95 per cent and English writing from 95 per cent to 99 per cent.

There was also a big increase in maths scores, increasing from 92 per cent to 98 per cent.

Headteacher, Dr Caroline Pryer, said: “We are delighted with the results and so proud of our Year 6 children. We congratulate them, their teachers, teaching assistants and their parents for their focus, energy and hard work.

“These results are further evidence of what a special place this is.

“On top of all our pupils’ achievements, there is a holistic commitment to each child through our specialist care and unfaltering dedication to sports, arts and music provision.

“We have an ethos of success here through a combination of high achieving pupils, highly-knowledgeable staff, a committed board of trustees and very supportive parents. This teamwork will continue to deliver success for our pupils, the school and the local community.”

In September 2017 the school converted to an academy and earlier this year announced it would become a primary from September 2020.

The school, twice rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, was recently placed 25th in a Sunday Times ranking of the top 250 state primary schools in England.

Dr Pryer added: “We’re looking forward to our new role and welcoming younger children into Ponteland Community Primary School in a year’s time.

“While the nature of Ponteland Middle School will be changing, our philosophy will not. The school and will remain a place of learning where an enthusiastic atmosphere of mutual respect, intervention, activity and positive attitude pervades.

“Our teaching staff have been planning with partner schools for our transition, and we have such high expectations of our children, but time and time again they rise to the challenges set. This year’s KS2 results are proof of that.”