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10 September 2013, 16:20
Five Thames Valley schools have performed among the best in the UK in a new league table.
The system ranks schools with similar ones when it comes to the backgrounds the students come from.
Schools Minister, David Laws wrote to schools across the UK, including the successful establishments in the Thames Valley:
Ewelme CofE Primary School
St James Church of England School, Hanney
Brimpton CofE. Primary School
Hatherden Church of England Primary School
Bisham CofE Primary School.
The Minister said, "For the first time this measure lets parents identify the schools that are getting the best from children - while giving coasting schools nowhere to hide.
Adding, "The schools I have written to show fantastic results can be achieved even with a challenging intake of pupils."
Brimpton CofE Primary School teacher, Carolyn Purchase commented, "The success here is down to very good teaching staff and superb children who are motivated. We know the children extremely well, we know where their weaknesses are, we know where their strengths are and then we can support them.
David Laws now wants the schools to work closely with other head teachers "so every child has the chance to go to a school as good as theirs".