Chichester headteacher delighted as school ranks among highest in country

A Chichester headteacher has shared his delight after his school ranked among the highest in the country for its Year 1 phonics achievements.
Jessie Younghusband children with their Year 1 teacher Mrs Neville. Image: Jessie Younghusband SchoolJessie Younghusband children with their Year 1 teacher Mrs Neville. Image: Jessie Younghusband School
Jessie Younghusband children with their Year 1 teacher Mrs Neville. Image: Jessie Younghusband School

Luke Hanna received a letter of congratulations from Minister of Schools Damian Hinds after 96 per cent of the youngsters at Jessie Younghusband School met the expected standards, placing them in the top 4 per cent.

The children’s achievement was recorded during the 2023 Phonics Screener Check.

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In his letter, Mr Hinds said: “Your particular success in teaching phonics and early reading so effectively means your pupils are developing a firm foundation from which they can become increasingly fluent and develop a lifelong love of reading.”

Mr Hanna described the children’s achievement as ‘remarkable’, adding that it was a testament to the hard work and dedication of staff, pupils, and parents.

He added: “The success of our pupils in the Phonics Screener Check is a reflection of the unwavering commitment of our entire school community towards promoting literacy and fostering a love for reading.

“The exceptional results attained by our pupils would not have been possible without the efforts of our dedicated staff, particularly the Early Years and Key Stage 1 team.

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“Their expertise, passion, and innovative teaching approaches have played a pivotal role in nurturing our pupils’ phonics skills and laying a strong foundation for their future reading abilities.”

Mr Hanna said the support and engagement of parents had been ‘instrumental in creating a positive learning environment’.

He added: “We extend our heartfelt appreciation to our parents for their continuous partnership and active involvement in their children’s education.

“Together, we have created a strong foundation for our students’ literacy skills, ensuring they have the tools to thrive academically and personally.

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“At Jessie Younghusband Primary School, we are committed to providing an exceptional education that prepares our learners for success.

“This outstanding achievement in the Phonics Screener Check is a testament to our collective efforts and dedication to excellence.”

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