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Outstanding Progress - Primary School

Presented to the UK Primary School that has made outstanding progress in the management of its facilities, finances and human resources and can demonstrate an increase in the educational performance of the school.

2024 Winner: Our Lady and Saint Benedict Catholic Academy

Strong relationships between pupils, their families and staff have helped Our Lady and St Benedict Catholic Academy, part of The Newman Catholic Collegiate, to move from Requires Improvement in 2019 to Outstanding in its latest Ofsted inspection last November. Led by headteacher Sarah Clowes, the rapid progress has been attributed in part to prioritising reading, with pupils able to use vocabulary with precision and great confidence. Opportunities to benefit from outdoor learning are provided to all pupils, including those with SEND.


Great Bentley Primary School, Essex
Christ Church Primary School, London
St Giles Church of England Primary School, Shropshire
Kirton Primary School, Lincolnshire
High Street Primary Academy, Shropshire

2023 Winner: Christopher Hatton Primary School

A well-devised curriculum delivered by passionate teachers and a wide range of high-quality enrichment are among many reasons ‘Hattoneers’ continue to receive an outstanding education. Announcing her retirement earlier this year, head Gwen Lee will leave the school in an extremely strong position.

Kirton Primary School, Lincolnshire
St Luke's Church of England Primary School, London
Addingham Primary School, Bradford
Thornbury Leadership Academy, Bradford
Croftway Academy, Northumberland

2022 Winner
St Francis Catholic and Church of England Primary Academy, Isle of Wight

Withinfields Primary School, Halifax
Salfords Primary School, Surrey
Chesterton Primary, Staffordshire
De Beauvoir Primary School, London

2021 Winner
Eldersfield Lawn CofE Primary School, Gloucestershire

With just over one hundred children or roll, Eldersfield puts a range of experience based learning opportunities to good use in order to meet the needs of pupils. It has adopted the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development as a key curriculum driver, which gives a real context to the children’s learning and will enable them to make informed decisions as they move through life. After school clubs cover a range of sports and physical activities ads well as helping pupils with real-life experiences. 100% of pupils reach the expected standard in reading, writing and maths.

Hogsthorpe Primary Academy, Lincolnshire
Great Tew County Primary School, Oxfordshire
Ashurst CofE Primary School, West Sussex 
Carsington and Hopton Primary School, Derbyshire

2020 Winner
Perry Court E-ACT Academy, Bristol

In 2017, Perry Court was the worst performing school in Bristol and placed in the bottom 1% of the country’s primary schools. A dramatic turnaround now sees Perry Court ranked in the top 1% of schools nationally for both attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics, a particularly impressive achievement given that half of all pupils at the academy are from disadvantaged backgrounds. A new academy building costing over £9m is scheduled for completion in May 2022 and will provide a further 630 primary places.


New Park Primary Academy, North Yorkshire
Stowting Church of England Primary, Kent
Clore Shalom Primary, Herfordshire
Elaine Primary, Kent

2019 Winner
Outwood Primary Academy Ledger Lane, Wakefield

2019 Outstanding Progress (Primary) Winner: Outward Primary Academy, Ledger Lane

Outwood Primary Academy Ledger Lane converted in December 2012 after two consecutive Ofsted inspections rated the former school as ‘Requires Improvement’. A two-day inspection in April 2019 found the Academy Outstanding in all five areas. Leaders at the school are said to be ‘uncompromising in their determination to continually improve pupils’ outcomes.’


Kirton Primary School, Lincolnshire
Investments in the curriculum and staff training have helped to transform outcomes at Kirton Primary. From failing to meet floor standards in 2014, the school is now in the top three per cent of schools in England for progress and in the top one per cent for progress for disadvantaged children. In 2018, academic progress placed the school 105th out of 14,749 primary schools in England.

Heatherbrook Primary Academy, Leicester
Re-opening in 2017 after the Learning without Limits Academy Trust took over the former primary school, a dramatic improvement in results has taken place at Heatherbrook. The Raising Aspirations programme aims to reduce cultural deficits which exist in schools with high levels of deprivation, by giving pupils chances to experience new opportunities in the curriculum.

Queen’s Park Primary School, London
Queen’s Park takes a creative approach to curriculum design, along with a focus on wellbeing and mental health. Investments in staff training have allowed the school to take on roles such as a school counselling service, coaching and mentoring and pastoral leadership. This has given parents and carers an opportunity to deliver shared support.

St Bede’s RC Primary School, Teesside
Excellent performance by year 6 pupils in the new key stage 2 Sats last year propelled St Bede’s from 24th in last year’s Sunday Times Parent Power table to joint fourth this year. With an outstanding rating from Ofsted, the Catholic voluntary academy has also received praised for its close work with parents and the wider community.

St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School, Yorkshire
St Wilfrid’s was placed in the top 10 per cent of all schools nationally having maintained pupil’s attainment at both expected and higher standards at Key Stage 2 in reading, writing and maths. Head of School Delia Evans has led on making significant improvements to teaching and learning and is working with the senior team to develop a strong curriculum model.

2018 Winner
Ernesettle Community School

For the last three academic years, attainment figures put Ernesettle Community School in the top 1000 schools nationally overall and the top 100 schools for disadvantaged pupils’. Extended Schools provision, subsidised educational trips and the continued appointment of a Family Support Advisor all help to improve the life chances of its pupils.


Deighton Primary School, Gwent
Stalham Academy, Norfolk
Surrey Square Primary School, London
Queen's Park Primary School, London
Parklands Primary School, Leeds

2017 Winner
Woodside Primary Academy, London

Woodside was put into special measures by Ofsted in 2012, but changes made under headteacher Shane Tewes involved parents and pupils, and a remarkable turnaround now sees the school rated Outstanding. In 2015, the school was in the top one per cent of schools in the country for the rate of pupil progress.


Crosthwaite Church of England Primary School
Ravens Academy
Ridgeway Primary Academy, Tyne & Wear
Barnsole Primary School, Kent
The Brent Primary School, Kent

2016 Winner
Moreland Primary School, London

Moreland Primary School has beaten off criticism by the inspectorate from 2013 which saw the school gain a ‘Requires Improvement’ rating, to achieve it’s first ever ‘Good’ rating. The school was particularly praised for producing ‘exciting lessons’ and pupils achieving well. The school now moves to a new building on the same sight with an exciting future in store.


Ark Bentworth Primary Academy, London
Burton Primary, Dorset
Cotsford Junior School, Durham
Harris Primary Academy, Kent 

2015 Winner
Harris Primary Academy Coleraine Park, London

Since the Harris Federation took over Colraine Park Primary in 2012, the Tottenham school’s journey has taken a path from special measures to ‘Outstanding’ in just two years. The DfE rated it as the top sponsored primary Academy in the country for progress made by pupils between the ages of 7 and 11.


Eversely Primary School, London
Guru Nanak Sikh Academy, Middlesex
Wolverton Primary School, Warwick
Hampden Gurney CofE Primary School, London