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Drove Primary School Tops Charts for Reading in Swindon

4 February 2019
Drove Primary School Tops Charts for Reading in Swindon

We are delighted to share the news that Drove Primary School has topped the regional table for pupils’ performance in reading.

In primary school performance data published by the government’s school performance comparison service, Drove Primary School has ranked top in reading, ahead of all primary schools in Swindon with a score of 4.6.

A reading progress score of 4.6 indicates that pupils’ progress in reading at Drove Primary School is considered well above the national average.

Only 10% of schools in England are graded well above average for pupils’ progress in reading. We are immensely proud of the efforts of staff, pupils, and our community in ensuring that every child at Drove Primary School has the literacy skills needed to succeed and achieve their fullest potential.

Helen Swanson, Principal at Drove Primary School, said: “We are delighted at how well this year 6 cohort has performed. The children at Drove face many barriers to their learning, not least the fact that, for many, English is their second language. The focus on reading has been unrelenting, but the outcomes we have seen represent the partnership between home and school in supporting the children to achieve the very best that they can. Our children have a real desire to learn and this has been reflected in the outcomes we have seen, particularly in reading and maths.”

Our top ranking for reading follows the recent news of Norah, a year six pupil who was presented with an award by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall as part of the National Literacy Trust’s Lost Words poetry competition. We are overjoyed to see Drove Primary being recognised for its commitment to developing the literacy of pupils.


The performance table for primary schools in Swindon can be viewed on the government’s school performance comparison website.

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