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Minister singles out Middlesbrough school for praise

A Middlesbrough school has been singled out for praise by a Government minister.

Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards, paid tribute to Beech Grove Primary in a letter to Headteacher John Dixon.

Mr Gibb praised the ‘very high level of progress' shown by pupils in Key Stage 2 reading, writing and mathematics assessments.

The scores - published in December - placed the Beechwood Avenue school in the top 3% of schools in the country for pupils' progress between Key Stage 1 and the end of Key Stage 2.

Mr Gibb wrote: "The Government wants to ensure that every child has the fluency in reading, writing and mathematics necessary to prepare them for a successful secondary education and beyond, which is why I was delighted to see your results.

"Thank you for your work in continuing the drive towards higher academic standards, and congratulations again to you and your staff for your commitment and success."

Beech Grove Primary Headteacher John Dixon said: "I'm delighted that our pupils' hard work and achievements have been recognised by a Government Minister.

"It's a tribute to all our staff, and the wider community, as they make Beech Grove such a welcoming and supportive environment.

"Above all, however, the credit must go to our young people whose hard work and commitment have delivered results of which they can be truly proud."

Councillor Barrie Cooper, Middlesbrough Council's Executive member for Education and Skills, said: "What a brilliant achievement - a huge well done to the Head and his team, the Governors and above all the pupils.

"They've done themselves, their school and the town proud, and they fully deserve this praise."