Pupils in Year 6 at Meadowpark School are celebrating after six of them successfully gained entry into their first choice grammar schools with three pupils winning a place at Pates.
The pupils at the independent school in Cricklade all passed their 11+ exams with flying colours. They have had to cope with extra safety measures put in due to Covid 19 and spent the whole of the summer term distance learning but this didn’t stop them taking their exams.
Head Boy Mahin Premkumar, who gained entry to Pates, said, “I am really pleased to achieve my first choice school and I think the teachers at Meadowpark helped me to do that by making everything much more enjoyable to learn.”
Classes at Meadowpark are kept small with between ten and eight pupils in each class. This allows teachers to focus on the needs of each individual and Headteacher Rajvinder Kular believes this approach is partly responsible for the students’ success. “The pupils worked really hard and we are so very proud of them. 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, but they adapted well to distance learning and being independently responsible for their own work.”
Pate’s was named Secondary State School of the Year 2020 by The Sunday Times and opened in 1574. Alumni include the composer Gustav Holst, the engineer of the Forth Bridge Sir Benjamin Baker and MEP for London Mary Honeyball.