Rack House in the top 3% of schools

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Last week I received a letter from Nick Gibb MP, Minister of State for School Standards, congratulating Rack House for being in the top 3% of schools nationally for progress.

Here are the contents of the letter;


Dear Mr Amesbury,


I would like to congratulate you, your staff and your pupils on the very high level of progress that pupils in your school demonstrated in the reading, writing and mathematics Key Stage 2 assessments last year.


Your school’s results, as published on 13 December, show progress scores of 4.5, 3.2 and 4.4 in reading, writing and mathematics respectively. This means that in terms of the progress your pupils make between Key Stage 1 and the end of Key Stage 2, your school is amongst the top 3 per cent of primary schools in the country.

The Government wants to ensure that every child has the fluency in reading, writing and mathematics necessary to prepare them for a successful secondary education and beyond, which is why I was delighted to see your results.


Thank you for your work in continuing the drive towards higher academic standards, and congratulations again to you and your staff for your commitment and success.


This is a fantastic acknowledgement that our children are receiving an excellent education at Rack House. This could not happen without the full support of parents and governors who always support the school. Our fantastic children constantly working hard have achieved these results with the support of our dedicated teaching staff. It is always good to share good news.


Year 2 Trip

Our Year 2 children from Mrs Tilbury’s class visited the Mosque in Cheadle this week to learn more about religion. Our children really enjoyed the visit and seeing different cultures. I was delighted to receive an email from the Mosque itself;


What can we say…words surpass us in expressing our compliments on your children’s behaviour, interest, knowledge, engagement and maturity. The questions and discussions we had are usually the sort we do with year 5 classes. We do appreciate this is a reflection of the hard work of the teachers and parents so please do share our comments with the school and the parents.


We are looking forward to the next class.


Kind regards


Arshad & the team


It is always great to receive emails complementing our children on their behaviour, attitude and willingness to learn. A huge well done to our Year 2 children for representing the school so well. This also reflects on the excellent learning taking place in our classes!


The Hive

Library Book Review:


The Hive’s Review of ‘The sea book’


This is an informative non-fiction book aimed at years three and four. It provides information about deep sea dwellers, the fascinating coral reefs and nature. It has strong language and good use of vocabulary and is topic related for the depths of the ocean. It has fun facts about all the creatures in the ocean whether they are invertebrates, vertebrates, reptiles and sea mammals, they have some fun facts to help children learn

Have you ever wondered how deep the sea is?

Trenches are deep valleys in the ocean floor. The deepest point in the ocean floor is the Mariana Trench.


This book is aimed for Year 3 and 4 children but KS1 will love it as well! This book will help with recycling projects as it explains and shows how the sea is changing over time.


E Safety Day

To coincide with ‘Safer internet Day’ on Tuesday 11th February, we will be holding an E-Safety meeting for parents in school. The meeting will focus on how you can help keep your child safe online at home. If you can, please make time to attend school as changes occur so quickly with ICT!


The meeting will be at 2:45pm, this will ensure you are able to collect your children afterwards at the usual time.


Mr Johnson’s cortege

A reminder that Mr Johnson’s cortege will pass school at 3pm on Wednesday 12th February. KS 2 children will be on Carloon Avenue to see the procession and say their goodbyes unless parents let us know they do not wish children to see this. Parents are also invited at this time to say their goodbyes to Mr Johnson.

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