The Olive School in the Top 3% Nationally for Phonics

Pupils, staff and families at The Olive School, Bolton are celebrating once again, after our school was named among the top 3% of primary schools in England for performance in phonics tests.

98% of pupils who took the Year 1 phonics screening test last summer reached or exceeded the pass mark, an “outstanding achievement” according to Minister of State for School Standards Nick Gibb.

In a letter congratulating us on our pupils’ achievement Nick Gibb MP wrote:

“Your success in teaching phonics means your pupils are developing a firm foundation in reading, from which they can become increasingly fluent and develop a lifelong love of reading.”

Phonic decoding is one of the most widely recognised and successful approaches to teaching young children to read. The phonics screening check is a short assessment of pupils’ phonics skills at the end of Year 1.

Our pupils’ phonics result vastly exceeds the national average in the 2019 test, where just over 88% of children met expected standards in phonics decoding.


Our Principal Sabina Saeed said, “We are thrilled that our Year 1 pupils achieved a 98% pass rate in the 2019 Phonics Screening Check. Knowing that our school is in the top three per cent of all primary schools in the country is incredibly rewarding. This demonstrates the high expectations that we have at The Olive School and our team’s relentless drive to ensure that all children achieve the very highest standards.”


Added By: Olive Bolton | Date Added: 14th Nov 2019 | Posted In:

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