A SCHOOL has been recognised as one of the best performing primaries in the country.

The award is for Blackthorns Community Primary Academy in Lindfield, near Haywards Heath.

Its top results are based on data from the Department of Education and Ofsted, analysed by the Schools, Students and Teachers network.

One of 15 academies in the University of Brighton Academies Trust, Blackthorns was found to be among the best performing primary schools in the country.

It has enabled pupils’ attainment at the ‘expected’ and ‘higher’ standard at Key Stage 2 in reading, writing and maths to be in the top 20 per cent of schools nationally.

The SSAT Educational Outcomes database compares all state-funded schools in England.

Blackthorns will be presented with its SSAT award during the summer term at a ceremony attended by winners from across the region.

Marianne Brand, Principal of Blackthorns, said: “We focus on each individual child so that they can achieve their potential and that all their strengths are identified and valued.

“Receiving this award acknowledges that commitment, as we strive to give our children the skills to be motivated and independent learners throughout their lives.”

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT, praised the school.

She said: “I am delighted that Blackthorns Community Primary Academy has won an Educational Outcomes Award for Children’s Attainment - top 20 per cent.

“This award recognises an important aspect of the school’s work but, as we know, there is much more to recognise in a good school like Blackthorns Community Primary Academy.

“SSAT is pleased to recognise the quality of leadership and the hard work of all staff to ensure the success of every child.

A big thank you and well done to pupils, parents, staff and governors.”

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