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KS2 SATS results rocket!


Staff and students at Burton Green Primary School are celebrating as they announce hugely improved end of Key Stage 2 (KS2) SATS results this year.

Last year, Burton Green saw just 29% of the school’s pupils achieved a pass mark in all three of their Reading, Writing and Maths SATs scores at the end of KS2. This year, the school has more than doubled that result, with 70% of the Year 6 children achieving the pass mark, surpassing the national average combined measure of 64%.

85% of pupils achieved the expected standard in Reading, with 75% in Maths and 80% in Writing, putting the school in the position of the most improved for Reading and Maths in the City of York.

Burton Green’s Interim Headteacher, Kelsey Clark-Davies, said “We are incredibly proud of all we have achieved this year at Burton Green and our KS2 SATs results are just the icing on the cake. We have fantastic staff, parents and pupils here, who all go the extra mile, and work really hard, but with loads of fun and laughter along the way – the credit is all theirs!”

The school had previously been judged by the DfE as ‘coasting’ and the school has worked hard this year to improve in a number of areas.  Primarily the focus has been on improving behaviour and wellbeing and creating a more positive ethos and culture throughout the school.

Staff reviewed the school’s behaviour policy, along with parents and pupils, creating a new approach called ‘Going for Gold’ which focuses on pupils who consistently do the right thing. In addition, the school has implemented a range of initiatives around relationships and kindness and has worked to improve attendance. There has also been a strong focus on improving the quality of teaching and learning, with a real investment in staff support and development. Significant progress is now evident in pupils’ books as well as in test outcomes.

Burton Green is part of the Hope Learning Trust, York, a growing multi-academy trust for primary and secondary schools in York and the wider region.

Hope’s CEO, Brian Crosby commented “The team at Burton Green and the Year 6 pupils absolutely deserve this fantastic news. Kelsey and her colleagues have worked incredibly hard to give the children and their families the best opportunities possible to achieve their potential and succeed, and the results speak for themselves. With the support of the Trust, Burton Green really is going from strength to strength and has a great future ahead. A huge well done to everyone!”

Hope Learning Trust, York is a Church of England trust established to bring together church and community schools which now has six partner schools: Manor Church of England Academy, Vale of York Academy, Barlby High School, Poppleton Ousebank Primary, Burton Green Primary and Forest of Galtres Anglican Methodist Primary, with Baldersby St James Primary joining in September and taking the total to seven. The Trust is also currently supporting two secondary schools in Scarborough, George Pindar and Graham School.

“PATH” – Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope



On 8th January staff, governors and other community members met together to dream the dream for Burton Green.  We used a process called a “PATH” (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope) to really consider our vision for the school, also taking into account feedback we have had from pupils’ and parents.  Some of our key aims for the coming year, which feed directly into our school development plan are:

  • To further develop our extended schools provision with a range of before and after school clubs
  • To hold an “Aspiration Week” in the summer term, with lots of visitors to the school, to help us raise our pupils aspirations and consider the possibilities of future careers, therefore understanding the purpose of school
  • To further develop our school environment to really allow for immersive learning by providing inspirational and creative thematic learning environments linked to areas of learning
  • To further develop outside areas to provide more forest schools opportunities and create allotment and picnic areas

If you would like to hear more about our vision day, or are able to support in any of our areas of development, please do come and talk to me or any of the team !

Mrs K Clark-Davies

York Minster Carol Service

Staff, parents, grandparents and friends from the six Hope Learning Trust York schools (Manor CE Academy, Vale of York Academy, Barlby High School, Burton Green Primary, Poppleton Ousebank Primary and Forest of Galtres Anglican Methodist Primary) are invited to join the Hope Community Choir which will perform at Manor’s annual Carol Service on Tuesday 5 December at York Minster.

Dave Lowe, Choirmaster and Head of Music at Manor CE Academy, said “Our carol concert in the Minster is always spectacular. Once again, our passionate young musicians and new musical arrangements promise to make this another remarkable and unique occasion. This year though, we wanted to do something even more special to involve the Hope family – and so the Hope Community Choir was born!”

Anyone interested in joining the Hope Community Choir should register online at with their name and the school they are connected to. Rehearsals will be held at Manor CE Academy from 5.30pm-6.30pm, in the school hall (next to reception) on:
• 16 November
• 23 November
• 30 November

Please bring a pencil and bottle of water with you. There will be a sound check at 6.30pm on 5 December in the Minster, before the service starts at 7.30pm. The choir will sing a featured performance this year accompanied by the Manor Concert Orchestra and they’ll also be seated at the front of the Minster (great view) to lead the singing of the congregation carols.

Macmillan coffee morning

It was lovely to see everyone at the Macmillan coffee morning. We were especially pleased to welcome Margaret who visited from Morrell House and enjoyed talking to everyone. We raised £110.76 so thank you again for your support and donations of the lovely cakes. #macmillancoffeemorning