Knowle West schools achieve some of best results in the country

By Community Reporter Johnny Dadds

Ilminster pupils with Lord Mayor of Bristol Cllr Jeff Lovell.
Ilminster pupils with Lord Mayor of Bristol Cllr Jeff Lovell.

Ilminster Avenue and Greenfield E-ACT Academies have achieved some of the best Key Stage 2 results in the country.

Pupils of the sister primary schools, both located in Knowle West, have ‘excelled’ in reading, writing and mathematics.

Ilminster Avenue has been placed in the top 4% of schools in the country, with 84% of Year Six pupils reaching the expected standards.

Greenfield managed similarly impressive results with 79% meeting the standards. The national average is 53%.

Headteacher of Illminster Avenue, Hilary Dunford, said: “We are obviously very proud of all our children! It is more than fair to say that we go the extra mile all day, every day for our children; pastorally as well as academically.

“In Year Six, the preparation to ensure they are ready for the next stage in their learning at secondary school is second-to-none, with many of them coming in for 8am lessons with breakfast, which they enjoy enormously!”

Rebekah-Leigh Payne (11), a pupil at the school, also praised the extra effort the teachers go to.

She said: “…The teachers also provide us with extra clubs like homework and maths club in the mornings and at lunchtimes. These are some of the reasons why the teachers, staff and pupils are so great here!”

Acting Head of Greenfield, Paul Tooth, said the results were “fantastic” and “the Year Six teachers worked extremely hard” to help pupils achieve them.

“But it is important to remember that it is a collective effort throughout our pupils’ time at Greenfield… so I would like to thank each and every teacher and teaching assistant for what they do for our children every day!”

Greenfield ranked the highest in Bristol and sixth highest in the country for progress in writing.