Pontefract school is top of the class

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Pontefract has been named seventh in the the top 10 state primary schools in the north by the Sunday Times Parent Power guide.'Emma Everett (year 5 teacher), Sarah Brown (deputy head), Louie Pritchard, Lily Day
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Pontefract has been named seventh in the the top 10 state primary schools in the north by the Sunday Times Parent Power guide.'Emma Everett (year 5 teacher), Sarah Brown (deputy head), Louie Pritchard, Lily Day
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Youngsters and staff at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Pontefract are celebrating after it was named among the best performing in the country.

The school was ranked the seventh best state primary in the north in the Sunday Times Parent Power guide.

Darren Redfern, headteacher, said: “The whole community of St Joseph’s - staff, parents, governors, parishioners and of course children - work hard together to make our school a happy, caring and successful school.

“These excellent results are just one important part of what we do here at St Joseph’s.”

St Joseph’s Pontefract was one of five schools across the Wakefield district to be recognised in the Sunday Times publication.

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield, came second and Wakefield Girls’ High School fifth in the top 10 independent secondary schools in the north.

Rooks Nest Academy and Lofthouse Gate Primary School in Wakefield came second and third, respectively, in the top 10 state primary schools in the north.

The Parent Power publication assesses the performances of the top 2,000 state and independent schools.

Secondary schools are ranked according to the percentage of pupils achieving A* to B grades at A-level and A* and A grades at GCSE.

Primary and independent prep school standings are based on Key Stage 2 SAT results at Level Five.

For more information or to compare schools across the area in the Parent Power guide visit www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/parentpower