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High-flying school is placed in top 20 in national list.

Byline: IAN MCNEAL ian.mcneal@reachplc.com @IANMCNEAL

AN inspirational Teesside primary has been named among the country's leading state schools.

Newcomen Primary School in Redcar has been ranked 16th by the Sunday Times in its latest Parent Power guide.

The school on Trent Road - which is rated as outstanding by Ofsted - came out top for all primaries in the North East.

Our 'Believe, succeed' everything at the Kinga

St Therese of Lisieux Catholic Primary in Stockton and Chandlers Ridge, in Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, also made the top 250 list, being ranked in 199th and 238th place respectively.

The Sunday Times analysed performance in 2019's SATS exams and looked closely at scores in three key areas: reading, GPS (grammar, punctuation and spelling) and maths. Newcomen - which was 146th in last year's list - is led by headteacher Kinga Pusztai and has become renowned as a highly successful school. Speaking after the school made the list last year Ms Pusztai said: "It is the remarkable children that make this school such an extraordinary place.

"We provide every child with the highest standard of education because they deserve the very best and every opportunity to flourish in life.

of achieve, underpins that we do school. Pusztai "Our philosophy of 'Believe, achieve, succeed' is one that underpins everything that we do at Newcomen and is a reflection of our outstanding academic success." Visitors are greeted by a sculpture of school mascot Leonardo the lion above wording chosen by the pupils in English and Latin: 'Together as one.'.

Also making the top 25 was Staindrop Church of England Primary School, in Darlington.

Our philosophy of 'Believe, achieve, succeed' underpins everything that we do at the school. Kinga Pusztai

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Author:IAN MCNEAL ian.mcneal@reachplc.com @IANMCNEAL
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Nov 23, 2020
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