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Stonehouse schools make Sunday Times top primary lists

Two schools in Stonehouse are the only primary schools in the county to make it onto the Sunday Times lists of top primary schools.

Hopelands Preparatory School, a non-selective school, was ranked at number 35 in the list of top independent preparatory schools in England. While St Joseph's Catholic Primary in Nympsfield was ranked at number 138 in the list of top 250 state primary schools in England.

On its website, Clare Howells, St Joseph's acting headteacher, said: "At St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School we pride ourselves in being an integral part of the local parish community and value the close family atmosphere that we achieve. St. Joseph's is a happy and loving school where every child is known, respected and valued. We challenge and support all of our pupils so that they reach their full potential and be the 'best they can be'."

Hopelands' headteacher Sheila Bradburn said: "We are a small, happy school dedicated to enabling each child to achieve their full potential. We create a nurturing, supportive environment that will enable all children to become resilient, confident young people.

"We keep our classes small and have specialist subject teachers in a wide range of subjects. All our teachers get to know each child personally and make a positive contribution to their development. Because not everyone is naturally a high academic achiever, we seek out the innate talents in each child."

The Sunday Times surveyed the results of 15,000 state schools in compiling its list.

Both state and independent schools were ranked by the aggregated average schools achieved by children in reading, grammar and maths in SATs taken in 2019.

Image credits: Google Maps - Hopelands July 2018, St Joseph's April 2019

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